Calgary Flames prospect Mikael Backlund (Kelowna Rockets) was named as the BOSTON PIZZA CHL and WHL Player of the Week for April 13-19.
Backlund picked up five points, scoring one goal and four assists to go with a +3 rating in two games over the last week, helping the Kelowna Rockets earn a 1-1 split on the road in the opening games of the 2009 Kal Tire WHL Western Conference Championship best-of-seven series with the Vancouver Giants.
On Saturday, April 18th, the Vancouver Giants hosted the Kelowna Rockets in game one of the Kal Tire Western Conference Championship at the Pacific Coliseum. Backlund scored one goal and added two assists as the Rockets downed the Giants 4-2 and jumped out to a 1-0 series lead. Backlund was also named the games 1st Star for his efforts. Game two went the next day, Sunday, April 19th, at Vancouver’s Pacific Coliseum. Backlund picked up two assists in the tightly contested affair that saw the Giants come out on top with a 4-3 over-time victory to lock the series up 1-1. He also was named the games 2nd Star.
The 2009 Kal Tire Western Conference Championship Series now shifts to Kelowna, B.C. tied 1-1. Games three and four are set at Prospera Place on Tuesday, April 21st and Thursday, April 23rd at 7:00 pm PT.
Backlund, from Vasteras, Sweden, is playing his 19 year-old-season with the Kelowna Rockets. The Rockets selected Backlund 43rd overall at the 2007 CHL Import Draft but did not make his debut in the WHL until this January following the 2009 World Junior Championships in Ottawa. The first round – 24th overall selection of the Calgary Flames at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft appeared in his first NHL game on January 8th prior to joining the Rockets on January 12th.