USA Hockey today announced that former Minnesota State forward David Backes has been named to the U.S. Men’s National Team that will compete at the 2008 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Quebec City May 2-18.
This is the second appearance for Backes in the U.S. National Team. He also was a member of last year’s team that finished fifth at the World Championship held in Moscow.
Team USA will play a pre-tournament game against Sweden at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine April 27 before beginning competition in the IIHF World Championship May 2 against Latvia. The United States will play two additional preliminary-round games against Slovenia (May 4) and Canada (May 6) before the qualification round begins.
Backes scored 13 goals and had 18 assists for 31 points in 72 games in his second season with the St. Louis Blues this year.