Backman Becomes a Star
Yale Forward Signs One-Year Deal with Dallas
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Sean Backman has been a star for most of his hockey career, but now he is really a Star. The senior forward from Cos Cob, Conn., signed a one-year deal with the National Hockey League’s Dallas Stars this week.
Backman will be in Dallas’ training camp this fall, following in the footsteps of his father, Mike Backman, who played in the NHL (New York Rangers) and American Hockey League.
This year’s first-team All-ECAC pick and the Ivy League Player of the Year, Backman had 21 goals and 35 points. He is alone at No. 7 on the school’s career points list with 126. His 77 career goals are fourth best at Yale and put him one behind Bob Kudelski for third.
His 126 points in 122 games put him in a select class of current Division I players who have over 100 games and as many points as games played. Backman, who was named to the College Hockey News (CHN) 2009-10 Pre-Season All-America squad, lived up to the billing and may get the same post-season accolade.
He had a point in 19 of 29 outings this winter and is third in Division I with .72 goals per game. He was second-team All-ECAC last year after leading his team with 20 goals. Backman, a four-time, first-team All-Ivy selection, was 2009 ECAC Tournament MVP.
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