David Backes estimates that he spends over an hour a day longer at the rink now than he did before he was named captain of the St. Louis Blues.
"There are more interviews, photos, videos, meetings and secretarial duties," he said.
Wait … secretarial duties?
"I don't know if many captains do this, but I operate the team fund as well. Tracking guys down to pay their debts. We do a lot of great charity work around, and that adds to the workload. Along with making sure guys are on time, making sure guys know what the schedule is," he said.
"With that comes a lot of chasing guys down. There's a lot more to do around the rink."
So the 6-foot-3, 225-pound guy comes around to someone's locker for debt collection? Isn't that more Backes The Bounty Hunter than administrative assistant?
"That's kind of the way we're operating right now," said Backes, entering his sixth year with the St. Louis Blues. "Now, I don't know i...