Who is the best NHL defensive forward for the 2013-14 season?
Here are my top four nominees:
Anze Kopitar - LA Kings
David Backes - St. Louis Blues
Jonathan Toews - Chicago Blackhawks
Patrice Bergeron - Boston Bruins
These four centres dominate the faceoff circle and can be counted on in any defensive situation. One of them is going to win the 2014 Selke trophy as the league's best defensive
St. Louis forward David Backes runs over Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne. Depending on your perspective. Nothing like going hard to the net. The boxscores reads after the play was over (see below).12:27 NSH Mike Fisher Roughing - 2 min against David Backes12:27 STL David Backes Roughing - 2 min against Mike Fisher12:27 NSH Mike Fisher served by Viktor Stalberg Roughing...
David Backes gets a lot of attention for being the captain of one of the best teams in the National Hockey League. He works his butt off, night in and night out to help the St. Louis Blues get closer and closer to the playoffs. He has always been the type of player who you love to have on your team, and hate to play against, but one thing is for sure, David Backes is more than just...
David Backes went to Sochi hoping to bring home a gold medal with the U.S. hockey team. Instead, the St. Louis Blues' captain brought back a couple of stray puppies.
Backes and his wife, Kelly, rescued the dogs from the streets of the Olympic city with members of the Canadian team's entourage. Now in quarantine in St. Louis, the dogs will eventually be given to good homes...
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16 days ago
Team USA forward David Backes probably won’t get the accolades his American (and St. Louis Blues) teammate T.J. Oshie has received during the 2014 Winter Olympics. But if Backes continues to play like this, he certainly should.
The St. Louis captain was arguably the best player on the ice Wednesday as he lead the Americans to a 5-2 win over the Czech Republic in quarterfinal play...
SOCHI, Russia (AP) David Backes banged in a go-ahead goal late in the first period and the United States went on to dominate the Czech Republic 5-2 Wednesday, earning a spot in the Olympic hockey semifinals for the second straight time.
On Friday, the U.S. will play Canada -- a rematch of the 2010 gold-medal game -- for a shot to become an Olympic champion. The Canadians held off...
David Backes buried a sick goal in the closing seconds of Wednesday’s quarterfinal matchup between USA and the Czech Republic in Sochi. Backes was set up near the goal line when he wrangled a fortunate bounce off the boards and was able to fire a shot past Czech goaltender Ondrej Pavelec with just over one second remaining on the game clock.
As you can see in the GIF below, Backes’...
David Backes realizes every U.S. Olympic hockey team inevitably ends up in the vast shadow of the 1980 Miracle on Ice squad, which stunned the Soviet Union and eventually won gold in Lake Placid.
Although the American players who held their first practice in Sochi Monday night know all about the greatest achievement in U.S. hockey history, they think it's time for some fresh...
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February 10, 2014
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...
Many Blues fans believe that the NHL snubbed forward David Backes by not sending him an invitation to this month's All-Star game.
Backes' four-point performance Saturday in a 4-2 victory over Buffalo, when he had a hand in each of the Blues' goals, will only amplify those sentiments.
Backes left the game momentarily in the first period after crashing hard into the boards...