David Backes retired from the NHL on Wednesday after signing a one-day contract with the St. Louis Blues.
The 37-year-old forward was selected by the Blues the in the second round (No. 62) of the 2003 NHL Draft and played 10 seasons with them. He was captain from 2011-16 and is seventh all-time in Blues history in goals (206), points (460) and games (727).
Backes scored four points (three goals, one assist) in 15 games with the Anaheim Ducks last season. He was named First Star in a 3-2 shootout win at the Blues on May 5, his final game in the NHL.
“Following my last game, it was clear to me that I needed to retire as a member of the St. Louis Blues,” Backes said. “That night reiterated that St. Louis was my home. It is where my wife and I grew into adulthood and it was the organization we needed to retire with. The feeling was mutual with the Blues and I am so humbled that this journey has come full circle for me to end this amazing ride with the same organization that called my name at the draft 18 years ago.”
Backes scored 561 points (248 goals, 313 assists) in 965 regular-season games with the Blues, Boston Bruins and Ducks, and 39 points (17 goals, 22 assists) in 82 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
“My final goal was to play 1,000 games, but I came up 35 short,” Backes said. “In the end, it’s not that all these numbers don’t matter — they do, and I am damn proud of them. But the metrics that mean the most to me are the countless experiences and everlasting relationships that the game provided me.”