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Getting to Know: Bruins Forward David Backes

by Eric Russo / Boston Bruins – The Boston Bruins signed forward David Backes to a five-year, $6 million contract on Friday.

Learn more about him:

David Backes

Position: Forward

Height: 6-3

Weight: 221 pounds

Birthday: May 1, 1984 (32 years old)

Hometown: Minneapolis, Minn.

Shoots: Right

2015-16 totals: 21-24—45 in 79 games

Contract: 5 years, $6 million AAV

Last team: St. Louis Blues

Draft: 2nd Round (62nd Overall) by St. Louis in 2003

Miscellaneous: Backes, who has spent his entire 10-year career in St. Louis, was the captain of the Blues for the last five seasons. Last season, he registered 21 goals and 24 assists for 45 points in 79 games. It was his third straight 20-goal season and the sixth of his career. Backes has twice scored 30 goals (2008-09, 2010-11).

Backes ranks fifth on the Blues all-time list in games played (727), sixth in goals (206), eighth in assists (254), and sixth in points (460). He was an All-Star and the runner-up for the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the league’s top defensive forward in 2011.

Backes debuted for St. Louis during the 2006-07 season and registered career highs in goals (31) and points (62) in 2010-11. Backes helped St. Louis reach the postseason six times, including last season, when the Blues made it all the way to the Western Conference Finals before falling to San Jose. He had seven goals and seven assists in 20 postseason games in 2016.

The Minneapolis native is a two-time U.S. Olympian, winning silver with Team USA at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. He also participated in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia and has suited up for three IIHF World Championships (2007, 2008, 2009). He will play for Team USA at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Backes spent the early part of his hockey career with the Lincoln Stars of the USHL, before playing three seasons at Minnesota State-Mankato.

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