|6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
210 lb (95 kg)
St. Louis Blues
New York Rangers
Columbus Blue Jackets
|Born||28 April 1980,|
|NHL Draft||24th overall, 1998|
St. Louis Blues
|Pro Career||1998 – present|
|Competitor for Sweden|
|Men's ice hockey|
Playing career[edit | edit source]
Bäckman was drafted by St. Louis Blues in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, 1st round, 24th overall. It was not until the 2002–03 NHL season that he got a contract for play in the NHL. He only played four games for St. Louis in his first season, spending the rest of the season playing for Worcester Ice Cats in the American Hockey League (AHL). Between 2003–04 and 2007–08 he was a regular for St. Louis recording 64 points (19 goals, 45 assists), and 130 penalty minutes in 228 games.
Bäckman is a big defenceman, moving confidently with the puck who is often seen successfully dumping it towards the net which gives his teammates in front of the goaltender good scoring chances.
St. Louis announced on 10 August 2006 that the club re-signed Bäckman for a multi-year contract, although no contract details was released. According to Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet the contract gives Bäckman 50 million Swedish kronor (approx. $7 million) over three years.
On 26 February 2008, Bäckman was traded to the New York Rangers in exchange for a 4th round draft pick. On 2 March 2008, in his second game as a Ranger, Bäckman scored his first goal as a Ranger on Antero Niittymäki of the Philadelphia Flyers, off assists from Brendan Shanahan and Scott Gomez.
In October 2009, Bäckman signed with Frölunda HC.
Personal life[edit | edit source]
Bäckman is married to wife Jeanette and has two children, a boy and a girl. He spends the off-season in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Career statistics[edit | edit source]
Regular season and playoffs[edit | edit source]
|1998–99||Västra Frölunda HC||SEL||49||0||4||4||4||4||0||0||0||0|
|1999–00||Västra Frölunda HC||SEL||27||1||0||1||14||5||0||0||0||0|
|2000–01||Västra Frölunda HC||SEL||50||1||10||11||32||3||0||2||2||2|
|2001–02||Västra Frölunda HC||SEL||44||7||4||11||38||10||0||0||0||8|
|2002–03||St. Louis Blues||NHL||4||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||St. Louis Blues||NHL||66||5||13||18||16||5||0||2||2||4|
|2005–06||St. Louis Blues||NHL||52||6||12||18||48||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||St. Louis Blues||NHL||61||7||11||18||36||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||St. Louis Blues||NHL||45||1||9||10||30||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||New York Rangers||NHL||18||2||6||8||20||8||0||0||0||12|
|2008–09||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||56||2||5||7||32||—||—||—||—||—|
International[edit | edit source]
|Junior int' totals||59||9||20||29||40|
|Senior int' totals||65||6||14||20||50|
Awards[edit | edit source]
- Silver medal at the 2004 World Championships.
- Olympic gold medal with Sweden in 2006.
- Elitserien champion with Frölunda HC in 2005.
References[edit | edit source]
- Christian Bäckman. Elite Prospects. Retrieved on 11 August 2006.
- Blues Sign Christian Backman To Multi-Year Contract. St. Louis Blues Hockey Club L.L.C. Archived from the original on 13 August 2006. Retrieved on 11 August 2006.
- (Swedish) Bäckmans lönehöjning: 10 miljoner per år. Aftonbladet.se. Retrieved on 11 August 2006.
[edit | edit source]
- Backman55.se — Official website
- Christian Bäckman's career stats at Eliteprospects.com
- Christian Bäckman's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
- Christian Bäckman - player profile and career stats at European Hockey.Net
|Awards and achievements|
|St. Louis Blues first round draft pick
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