Christian Rune Bäckman (born 28 April 1980 in Alingsås, Sweden) is a Swedish former professional ice hockey defenceman. He played over 300 games in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the St. Louis Blues, New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets, and spent the latter part of his career with Frölunda HC of the Swedish Hockey League.
28 April 1980|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)|
St. Louis Blues
New York Rangers
Columbus Blue Jackets
24th overall, 1998|
St. Louis Blues
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.
On 2 July 2008, Bäckman was traded, along with Fedor Tyutin, to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Nikolai Zherdev and Dan Fritsche. In October 2009, Bäckman signalled the conclusion of his North American career by signing with Frölunda HC.
Bäckman was born 1980 in a small town Alingsås. He has two siblings. He grew up in mostly Alingsås but moved to Gothenburg to start his Ice Hockey career.
Bäckman is married to wife Jeanette Bäckman. Together they have 3 children. William Bäckman born in 2001, Thea Bäckman born in 2004 and Ellie Bäckman born in 2010. He spends his off-season in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|1996–97||Västra Frölunda HC||J20||26||2||5||7||16||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||Västra Frölunda HC||J20||28||5||14||19||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998–99||Västra Frölunda HC||J20||9||0||4||4||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998–99||Västra Frölunda HC||SEL||49||0||4||4||4||4||0||0||0||0|
|1999–2000||Västra Frölunda HC||J20||3||1||1||2||0||3||1||1||2||0|
|1999–2000||Västra Frölunda HC||SEL||27||1||0||1||14||5||0||0||0||0|
|1999–2000||Gislaveds SK||SWE II||21||5||2||7||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honorsEdit
|Le Mat trophy (Frölunda HC)||2005|
- "Bäckman retires from professional career". aftonbladet.se (in Swedish). 2015-06-07. Retrieved 2015-06-07.
- "Christian Bäckman player profile". 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. Archived from the original on 13 August 2006. Retrieved 11 August 2006.
- "Rangers 5, Flyers 4, SO". 2008-03-02. Retrieved 2008-03-04.[dead link]
- Official website
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Eurohockey.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
|Awards and achievements|
| St. Louis Blues first round draft pick