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Position Defenceman
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
210 lb (95 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Columbus Blue Jackets
New York Rangers
St. Louis Blues
Nationality Flag of Sweden Swedish
Born April 28 1980 (1980-04-28) (age 29),
Alingsås, Sweden
NHL Draft 24th overall, 1998
St. Louis Blues
Pro Career 1998 – present
Medal record
Competitor for  Sweden
Men's ice hockey
Olympic
Gold 2006 Turin
World Championship
Silver 2004 Prague

Christian Bäckman (born April 28, 1980) is a Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman, who is currently an unrestricted free agent after playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL) during the 2008-09 season.

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Playing career

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.

During the 2004–05 NHL lockout Bäckman played for his Swedish youth club Frölunda HC in Elitserien where he totalled 19 points in 50 games, winning the Elitserien playoffs.

St. Louis announced on August 10, 2006, that the club re-signed Bäckman for a multi-year contract, although no contract details was released. According to the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet the contract gives Bäckman 50 million Swedish kronor (approx. $7 million) over three years.

On February 26, 2008, Bäckman was traded to the New York Rangers in exchange for a 4th round draft pick. On March 2, 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.

On July 2, 2008, Bäckman was traded, along with Fedor Tyutin to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Nikolai Zherdev and Dan Fritsche.

Personal life

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

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
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 Worcester IceCats AHL 72 8 19 27 66 3 0 1 1 5
2002–03 St. Louis Blues NHL 4 0 0 0 0
2003–04 Worcester IceCats AHL 4 1 2 3 2
2003–04 St. Louis Blues NHL 66 5 13 18 16 5 0 2 2 4
2004–05 Frölunda HC SEL 50 4 15 19 40 14 2 7 9 10
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
SEL totals 220 13 33 46 128 36 2 9 11 20
NHL totals 302 23 56 79 182 13 0 2 2 16

Awards

  • Silver medal at the 2004 World Championships.
  • Olympic Gold medal with Sweden in 2006.
  • Elitserien champion with Frölunda HC in 2005.

External links

  • Backman55.se — Official website
  • Christian Bäckman's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
  • Christian Bäckman - player profile and career stats at European Hockey.Net
Preceded by
Marty Reasoner
St. Louis Blues first round draft pick
1998
Succeeded by
Barret Jackman
This page uses content from Wikipedia. The original article was at Christian Bäckman. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with Ice Hockey Wiki, the text of Wikipedia is available under the GNU Free Documentation License.
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