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Christian Bäckman
Position Defenceman
Shoots Left
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
210 lb (95 kg)
SEL Team
F. Teams
Frölunda HC
St. Louis Blues
New York Rangers
Columbus Blue Jackets
Born 28 April 1980 (1980-04-28) (age 36),
Alingsås, Sweden
NHL Draft 24th overall, 1998
St. Louis Blues
Pro Career 1998 – present

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Sweden Sweden
Men's ice hockey
Olympic Games
Gold 2006 Turin
World Championships
Bronze 2010 Germany
Silver 2004 Prague

Christian Bäckman (born 28 April 1980 in Alingsås) is a Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman, currently playing for Frölunda HC of the Swedish Elitserien.

Playing careerEdit

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.[1]

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.[1]

During the 2004–05 NHL lockout Bäckman played for his Swedish youth club Frölunda in Elitserien where he totalled 19 points in 50 games, winning the Elitserien playoffs.[1]

St. Louis announced on 10 August 2006 that the club re-signed Bäckman for a multi-year contract, although no contract details was released.[2] According to Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet the contract gives Bäckman 50 million Swedish kronor (approx. $7 million) over three years.[3]

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.

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

In October 2009, Bäckman signed with Frölunda HC.

Personal lifeEdit

Bäckman is married to wife Jeanette and has two children, a boy and a girl. He spends the off-season in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Västra Frölunda HC SEL 490444 40000
1999–00 Västra Frölunda HC SEL 2710114 50000
2000–01 Västra Frölunda HC SEL 501101132 30222
2001–02 Västra Frölunda HC SEL 44741138 100008
2002–03 Worcester IceCats AHL 728192766 30115
2002–03 St. Louis Blues NHL 40000
2003–04 Worcester IceCats AHL 41232
2003–04 St. Louis Blues NHL 665131816 50224
2004–05 Frölunda HC SEL 504151940 1427910
2005–06 St. Louis Blues NHL 526121848
2006–07 St. Louis Blues NHL 617111836
2007–08 St. Louis Blues NHL 45191030
2007–08 New York Rangers NHL 1826820 800012
2008–09 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 5625732
2009–10 Frölunda HC SEL 4710182846 71236
2010–11 Frölunda HC SEL 21413178
SEL totals 288276491182 433111426
NHL totals 302235679182 1302216


Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
1999 Sweden Jr. WJC 60330
2000 Sweden Jr. WJC 71126
2004 Sweden WC 91236
2005 Sweden WC 91126
2006 Sweden OG 81236
2010 Sweden WC 903310
Junior int' totals 599202940
Senior int' totals 656142050

Awards Edit

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

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Christian Bäckman. Elite Prospects. Retrieved on 11 August 2006.
  2. 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.
  3. (Swedish) Bäckmans lönehöjning: 10 miljoner per år. Retrieved on 11 August 2006.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Marty Reasoner
St. Louis Blues first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Barret Jackman
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