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Backes, Johnson to Join US Olympic Team

by Staff Writer / St. Louis Blues
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues forward David Backes and defenseman Erik Johnson have been named to Team USA’s Olympic roster.

The 2010 Winter Olympics will take place Feb. 12-26 in Vancouver.

Team USA will begin play on Feb. 16 when they face Switzerland.

“We would like to congratulate both David and Erik for receiving this tremendous honor,” said Blues President John Davidson. "This is a wonderful accomplishment for both players and we wish them well during their Olympic experience.”

Backes, 25, has played in all 40 games for the Blues this season collecting 19 points (nine goals, ten assists) and 52 penalty minutes. The Minneapolis, Minnesota native has donned the red, white and blue for the past three consecutive World Championships. From 2007-2009, Backes amassed nine points with two goals, seven assists and 74 penalty minutes.

Johnson, 21, has played 39 games for the Note this season, scoring 21 points on four goals and 17 assists. The Bloomington, Minnesota native spent the 2004-2006 season’s with the U.S. National Team’s Developmental program. During that time, Johnson played in 104 games recording 27 goals and 48 assists for 75 points. The former Minnesota Golden Gopher also joined Team USA for international duty at the 2007 World Junior Championships recording 10 points on four goals and six assists in route to being named the best defenseman of the tournament, becoming only the second U.S. player in tournament history to receive the honor.

Blues defenseman Roman Polak was also selected for the Czech Republic team.
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