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Blues honor David, Kelly Backes in St. Louis return

Bruins forward, wife commended for service to community @NHLdotcom

Blues fans salute Backes

BOS@STL: Backes honored by fans in St. Louis return

Former Blues captain David Backes receives a warm welcome from fans in his return to St. Louis

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Video tributes for players returning to their former cities are all the rage in the NHL. The one the St. Louis Blues made for David Backes had a little something extra.

The Blues paid tribute to Backes, their former captain and a member of the team for 10 seasons, and his wife Kelly for their contributions to the St. Louis community.

Tweet from @AmalieBenjamin: Beautiful tribute. Backes told me that including his wife would really put him over the top watching this.

Backes signed with the Bruins in the offseason, and for his first trip back to his former home, with Kelly and their daughter Stella in the crowd, the Blues held their annual Barkin' For The Blues pet adoption event to benefit Five Acres Animal Shelter and Stray Rescue in St. Charles, Mo.

Tweet from @StLouisBlues: Puppies on the concourse alert ��Stop by Section 114 to meet some adoptable pups!

The organization works with Athletes for Animals, which Kelly and David founded in 2013 as part of their more than 10 years of experience in animal welfare and rescue work. Athletes for Animals provides education and awareness of best practices in pet adoption and care.

So not only did Backes and his family get a warm welcome, they got some support for their worthy (and adorable) cause.

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