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Niklas Bäckström
Finnland-torhueter
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
196 lb (89 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Minnesota Wild
HIFK
SaiPa
Kärpät
Nationality FIN
Born February 13 1978 (1978-02-13) (age 38),
Helsinki, Finland
Pro Career 2006 (NHL) – present

Niklas Oskar Bäckström (born February 13, 1978 in Helsinki, Finland) is a Finnish ice hockey goaltender who plays for the Minnesota Wild of the NHL.

CareerEdit

Bäckström was the third goaltender for Team Finland in the 2006 Winter Olympics, but did not play any games. In the Finnish SM-liiga he played for HIFK, SaiPa and Kärpät. Bäckström led Kärpät to two consecutive league titles in 2004 and 2005. Bäckström signed a one-year contract with the Wild on June 1, 2006.

In the beginning of the 2006-2007 season, Bäckström was the backup for the Wild's starting goaltender, Manny Fernandez. Fernandez suffered a knee injury mid-season and Bäckström was forced into the starting position. Bäckström played exceptionally over the second half of the season, finishing first in the league in both goals against average and save percentage, while tying Dwayne Roloson's team record with five shutouts in just 36 starts.

He has re-signed with the Wild for multiple years.

AwardsEdit

Career statisticsEdit

NHLEdit

   
Year Team GP MIN W L T OT GA SA SO GAA SV%
2006-07 Minnesota 41 2,226 23 8 0 6 73 1,028 5 1.97 .929

International playEdit

   
Tournament Year GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
Euro Hockey Tour 2004-05 3 2 0 1 180.48 7 1 2.23 .9278
IHWC 2005 5 1 1 3 310 12 1 2.32 .9024
Euro Hockey Tour 2005-06 2 0 2 0 124.0 3 0 1.45 .9559
Totals 10 3 3 4 614.48 22 2 2.14 --

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Jussi Markkanen
Winner of the Urpo Ylönen trophy
2003-04, 2004-05
Succeeded by
Juuso Riksman
Preceded by
Esa Pirnes
Winner of the Jari Kurri trophy
2003-04, 2004-05
Succeeded by
Miika Wiikman
Preceded by
Miikka Kiprusoff
Winner of the Jennings Trophy
2007 (with Manny Fernandez)
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Cristobal Huet
Winner of the Crozier Award
2007
Succeeded by
Incumbent


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