Originally written on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 1/31/12

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 09: David Backes #42 of the St. Louis Blues looks on during a break in their NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center on January 9, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The Blues defeated the Kings 4-3. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS David Backes was searching for an activity to keep busy during the NHL All-Star break, and a decision to combine his passions of flight and animal rescue saved three stray dogs. Last Friday, Backes, the St. Louis Blues' captain, participated in a seven-hundred mile mission to Houston with his wife, Kelly, and his flight instructor, Tim Voithover. Upon landing, they picked up the animals from a group in the city that is partnered with Five Acres Animal Shelter, a no-kill shelter in St. Charles, Mo., for which Kelly serves as a volunteer and board member. In the process, Backes made progress toward earning a pilot license. On Christmas 2010, Kelly presented her husband with the gift of a flight lesson. Since, the Blues center has worked toward becoming a licensed pilot. The couple is known for animal advocacy around the St. Louis area, and they decided to take advantage of a chance to earn flight hours while advancing a cause close to their hearts. "I have been taking ...
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