David Backes

  • Updated: February 23, 2014 - 9:33 AM
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St. Louis Blues' David Backes (42) looks to pass the puck as New York Islanders goalie Kevin Poulin (60) defends from behind during an NHL hockey game on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014.

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Blaine/Minnesota State Mankato
Age: 29
Height/weight: 6-3, 221
Position: Forward
Olympic experience/Sochi stats: Second (2010)/ 3 goals, 1 assist.
Twitter handle: @dbackes42
Bio: The St. Louis Blues captain could well become the captain of the Olympic team, too, thanks to his leadership skills and stout all-around game. Backes was considered a lock to make the team since last summer, when he was among five players appointed to the leadership group of the American player pool. A star at Spring Lake Park High School, he once aspired to be a patent attorney; he now has a pilot’s license and founded an animal rescue group. Backes has played in four world championships and gives the U.S. team grit, determination and versatility.

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