One of my surprising returns this year is from David Backes. I’m not sure 100% why I figured that I wouldn’t get this one back in the mail but I’m pretty happy that it came back (of course, like all others). David was gracious enough to return my fan mail in 41 days c/o Boston Bruins and signed in a nice silver sharpie. For this particular card, I’d much rather have had him sign in a blue sharpie as I think the silver is a little light and hard to see, especially against a white jersey.
David originally entered the NHL through the NHL entry draft through the 2003 entry draft which has produced so many exceptional NHL players. He was drafted by his former team, the St.Louis Blues in the 2nd round, which consisted of other star draftees such as Shea Weber, Corey Crawford and Patrice Bergeron. If you’ve been following the NHL, David used to captain the Blues but decided to part ways at the end of his contract and sign with the Boston Bruins on a 5 year deal which will see him (theoretically, pending any trades / buyouts / etc) play through to the 2020 / 2021 NHL season.
A video review of David Backes
With David being firmly in the East, I don’t get to watch him much but do know he’s a tough competitor. Watch below as David hits his fellow US teammate Dustin Brown.