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Blues name David Backes captain

Posted on: September 9, 2011 3:27 pm
Edited on: September 9, 2011 3:30 pm

By: Adam Gretz

The St. Louis Blues finally have a new captain.

It was announced on Friday by head coach Davis Payne that forward David Backes will wear the C during the 2011-12 season, becoming the 20th captain in the history of franchise. For the past four years that role was carried out by defenseman Eric Brewer, who was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning last season. Along with naming Backes as captain, the Blues also announced that Barrett Jackman, Alex Steen, Jamie Langebrunner and Andy McDonald will serve as assistants on a rotating basis throughout the season.

Payne said the Blues were looking for a guy that plays important minutes, in quality situations while also providing emotional leadership and stability, and Backes definitely looks to be that type of player. He plays in all situations for the Blues (even strength, power play, shorthanded) and often times goes up against the other teams top players, and still manages to find himself as one of the top producers in the St. Louis lineup.

He's coming off a career year offensively, recording 62 points during the 2010-11 season, a personel best, while also tying his previous career-high with 31 goals, leading the team in both categories.

"It's obviously a huge honor," said Backes, citing a number of the players that came before him as captain of the team, including Brett Hull, Wayne Gretzky and Bernie Federko. "Hopefully I can do a fraction of the job those guys were able to do, and hopefully I can be the guy the team looks to when we're having tough times, or when we're having good times, and more of a lead by example type of guy."

A second-round pick by the Blues in 2003, Backes has scored 102 goals in 364 NHL games, and has also represented the United States on the International level, most recently during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver where he scored a goal and two assists for the Silver Medal winning team.

You can check out the entire Backes press conference from Friday over at the Blues website.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 10:13 pm
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Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: September 12, 2011 12:54 pm

Blues name David Backes captain

Dave is the type of player that will continually to play to be the best and will get better and better as long as his body will let him.  He's a hard worker, amazing hockey player, and a great person.  The C is well-deserved and all of us guys from Spring Lake Park class of 2002 hope to continue to enjoy watching him play for many years to come!!  Congrats bud!!

Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: September 10, 2011 7:09 pm

Blues name David Backes captain

he should have got the C the moment they lost brewer.

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: September 10, 2011 10:46 am

Blues name David Backes captain

Solid pick for Captain! Ive followed Backes since the Blues grabbed this guy and have been impressed with his play... solid play on both ends of the ice, he looked good in the Olympics for the U.S. and is maturing well as a leader... In the same mold as a Ryan Kessler type.

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: September 10, 2011 1:21 am

Blues name David Backes captain

Pretty good pick- Backes gets good ice time and apparently is a leader in the lockerroom.  The only real bad choice would've been Jamie Langenbrunner- glad to see the team only gave him the 'A'.

Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: September 9, 2011 10:55 pm

Blues name David Backes captain

I like the choice as well.  I like Backes as a player.  Underrated in my mind.  Seems like he is was the obvious choice since signing the 5 year 4.5 deal with a NTC last year.

Alittle suprised that Jason Arnott didn't get and one of the  four "A".  But anybody can be a leader on a team "A" or not.

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: September 9, 2011 6:08 pm

Blues name David Backes captain

I like the pick.   Hopefully Backes will get more attention from the hockey media, fun to watch and very effective all-around player.   We should be hearing his name much more often the next few seasons.

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