Few players embody the idea of a player you love to have and hate to play against quite like David Backes, and that’s exactly what made him one of the most beloved players St. Louis has seen in the modern era. It’s only fitting that upon his return the Blues highlighted exactly what he meant to the team, too.
During the first period of Tuesday’s game in St. Louis, with Backes and the Bruins visiting town for the first time since the former Blues captain signed a five-year deal in Boston, the Blues made use of a stoppage in play during the first frame to honor Backes with a nearly 90-second tribute video, capped off by a massive standing ovation from the crowd at the Scottrade Center.
The montage of Backes’ time with the Blues included all of his greatest accomplishments not just in St. Louis, but while a member of the franchise. His first goal as a Blue was included in the package, but so were highlights of his work in the community, his work with animals and his time with Team USA at the Olympics. Take a look:
It’s rather impressive that Backes held it together through the whole thing considering how much the Blues clearly meant to him. His teary-eyed disappointment after St. Louis’ post-season exit in 2015-16 made evident just how badly he wanted to win as a member of the Blues. Whoever put the video together ended it on the perfect note, too, with Backes saying his leaving St. Louis would only be a temporary goodbye.
After his 10 seasons as a member of the Blues, Backes finished fifth all-time in games played for the organization (727), sixth all-time in goals (206), eighth in assists (254) and sixth in points (460). Backes’ five seasons as Blues captain tie him with Chris Pronger for third longest tenure as captain in team history, and only Barclay Plager and Brian Sutter spent more seasons wearing the ‘C’ in St. Louis.
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