Mikael Backlund
Mikael Backlund Flames
Position Centre
Shoots Left
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
194 lb (88 kg)
NHL Team (P)
Cur. Team
Calgary Flames
Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
Nationality Flag of Sweden Swedish
Born March 17 1989 (1989-03-17) (age 31),
Västerås, Sweden
NHL Draft 24th overall, 2007
Calgary Flames
Pro Career 2008 – present

Mikael Backlund (born March 17, 1989) is a Swedish professional ice hockey centre in the Calgary Flames organization of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was a first round selection, 24th overall, of the Flames in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing careerEdit

Backlund began his junior hockey career with the VIK Västerås HK organization in the J20 SuperElit, Sweden's premier junior league. His impressive two-way play earned him the opportunity to play for Västerås' senior team in the second-tier HockeyAllsvenskan as a sixteen-year-old. In his debut on November 2, 2005, during an away game against Växjö Lakers, Backlund scored a goal in the first period of a 4–0 win and was selected as the player of the game for his team. He tallied four points in his twelve games in HockeyAllsvenskan during the 2005–06 season. That same season, Backlund was dominant in the 2006 TV-pucken, a national under-17 tournament in Sweden played among districts. Leading the tournament in goal- and point-scoring, he was selected as the most valuable player and given the Sven Tumba Award as best forward in the tournament.

Backlund played another two seasons for Västerås HK, splitting time in the J20 SuperElit and HockeyAllsvenskan. During this time, he was selected in the first round, 24th overall by the Calgary Flames in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Scouts had ranked him second among European players. Following the 2007–08 season, Backlund signed an entry-level contract with the Flames. He impressed during the rookie camp but was not as successful during the main training camp, and started the 2008–09 season playing on loan to Västerås back in HockeyAllsvenskan. After his success in the 2009 World Junior Championships, he returned to Calgary and made his NHL debut on January 8, 2009, in a 5–2 win against the New York Islanders. Soon thereafter, the Flames assigned him to the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL for the remainder of the 2008–09 season. Competing for the Rockets in the 2009 WHL playoffs, Backlund was named Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Player of the Week on April 21, after scoring 5 points in 2 games against the Vancouver Giants in the semifinals.

International playEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Sweden Sweden
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Silver 2009 Ottawa
Silver 2008 Pardubice
World U18 Junior Championships
Bronze 2007 Tampere

Backlund played for Sweden in the 2006 World U18 Championships, scoring one goal in three games. In 2007 he led Sweden to a U18 bronze medal when he scored a natural hat-trick in a 8–3 win over Canada in the bronze medal game. He led the tournament in goal-scoring with six goals in six games.

Backlund was a member of the Swedish team that won back-to-back silvers in the 2008 and 2009 World Junior Championships, losing to Canada in both instances. He scored the game winning goal in overtime in the 2008 semi-final against Russia. The next year, he recorded a two-goal game in the semi-final against Slovakia.


  • Won the TV-pucken MVP Award in 2006.
  • Won the TV-pucken Sven Tumba Award (Best Forward) in 2006.
  • Named CHL Player of the Week on April 21, 2009.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Västerås HK J20 2515163130
2005–06 Västerås HK Swe-2 1222414
2006–07 Västerås HK J20 75498 51014
2006–07 Västerås HK Swe-2 1812314
2007–08 Västerås HK J20 9761320
2007–08 Västerås HK Swe-2 37941324 146394
2008–09 Västerås HK J20 23250
2008–09 Västerås HK Swe-2 1744839
2008–09 Calgary Flames NHL 10000
2008–09 Kelowna Rockets WHL 2812183026 1913102326
J20 totals 43 30 28 58 58 5 1 0 1 4
Swe-2 totals 84 16 12 28 91 14 6 3 9 4
NHL totals 10000 00000
WHL totals 2812183026 1913102326


Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
2006 Sweden U18 3 1 0 1 0
2007 Sweden U18 6 6 1 7 6
2008 Sweden WJC 6 3 4 7 10
2009 Sweden WJC 6 5 2 7 6
Junior int'l totals 21 15 7 22 22

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Preceded by
Leland Irving
Calgary Flames first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Greg Nemisz
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