28 April 1980 |
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)|
|NHL Draft||24th overall, 1998
St. Louis Blues
|Competitor for Sweden|
|Men's ice hockey|
Bäckman was drafted by St. Louis Blues in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, 1st round, 24th overall. It was not until the 2002–03 NHL season that he got a contract for play in the NHL. He only played four games for St. Louis in his first season, spending the rest of the season playing for Worcester Ice Cats in the American Hockey League (AHL). Between 2003–04 and 2007–08 he was a regular for St. Louis recording 64 points (19 goals, 45 assists), and 130 penalty minutes in 228 games.
St. Louis announced on 10 August 2006 that the club re-signed Bäckman for a multi-year contract, although no contract details was released. According to Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet the contract gives Bäckman 50 million Swedish kronor (approx. $7 million) over three years.
On 26 February 2008, Bäckman was traded to the New York Rangers in exchange for a 4th round draft pick. On 2 March 2008, in his second game as a Ranger, Bäckman scored his first goal as a Ranger on Antero Niittymäki of the Philadelphia Flyers, off assists from Brendan Shanahan and Scott Gomez.
In October 2009, Bäckman signed with Frölunda HC.
Bäckman is married to wife Jeanette and has three children, a boy and two girl. He spends the off-season in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Regular season and playoffs
|1998–99||Västra Frölunda HC||SEL||49||0||4||4||4||4||0||0||0||0|
|1999–00||Västra Frölunda HC||SEL||27||1||0||1||14||5||0||0||0||0|
|2000–01||Västra Frölunda HC||SEL||50||1||10||11||32||3||0||2||2||2|
|2001–02||Västra Frölunda HC||SEL||44||7||4||11||38||10||0||0||0||8|
|2002–03||St. Louis Blues||NHL||4||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||St. Louis Blues||NHL||66||5||13||18||16||5||0||2||2||4|
|2005–06||St. Louis Blues||NHL||52||6||12||18||48||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||St. Louis Blues||NHL||61||7||11||18||36||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||St. Louis Blues||NHL||45||1||9||10||30||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||New York Rangers||NHL||18||2||6||8||20||8||0||0||0||12|
|2008–09||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||56||2||5||7||32||—||—||—||—||—|
|Junior int' totals||59||9||20||29||40|
|Senior int' totals||65||6||14||20||50|
- Silver medal at the 2004 World Championships.
- Olympic gold medal with Sweden in 2006.
- Elitserien champion with Frölunda HC in 2005.
- "Christian Bäckman". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 11 August 2006.
- "Blues Sign Christian Backman To Multi-Year Contract". St. Louis Blues Hockey Club L.L.C. Archived from the original on 13 August 2006. Retrieved 11 August 2006.
- "Bäckmans lönehöjning: 10 miljoner per år" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet.se. Retrieved 11 August 2006.
- "Rangers 5, Flyers 4, SO". 2008-03-02. Retrieved 2008-03-04.[dead link]
- Backman55.se — Official website
- Christian Bäckman's career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Christian Bäckman's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Christian Bäckman profile at Eurohockey.com
- Bäckman retires
|Awards and achievements|
|St. Louis Blues first round draft pick