Friday, September 9, 2011
On Friday, the Blues announced that Backes will be the franchise's 20th captain, putting him in some pretty good company. Others who have held the job in St. Louis have included: Brett Hull, Brian Sutter, Chris Pronger, Al MacInnis and Wayne Gretzky.
Backes, 27, has become a star in St. Louis. In five seasons, he has scored 102 goals and 218 points. Last season, he led the Blues in goals (31), points (62, a career high) and plus-minus (+32).
Backes was an assistant or alternate captain last season. Last November, the Olympian signed a new, $22.5 million contract to stay in St. Louis until 2015-16.
Read more here and here. See the list of Blues captains here.
Update: Watch video of Backes talking to the media about his new role here.