16 Sean Backman
16 Sean Backman
Height: 5-8
Weight: 165
Year: Junior
Hometown: Cos Cob, CT
High School: Avon Old Farms
Previous College: Green Bay (USHL)
Position: F
Years at Yale: **

Bulldog Best: Hat trick in 5-0 win over Cornell in ECAC Tournament Championship Game on 3/21/09 that earned him tourney MVP honors.

2008-09: Second-team All-ECAC and first-team All-Ivy... ECAC All-Tourney and tourney MVP... Walter Brown Award semifinalist... Nine multiple-point nights and six multiple-goal games... Tallied three in tournament championship win over Cornell at Albany.

2007-08: Third-Team All-ECAC, First Team All-Ivy... Led team with 18-9-27... Murray Murdoch Award for Yale team MVP for the second year in a row... First on team in points and goals... Three game-winning goals... First on team with six power-play goals... Carried Yale to a 5-2 win over Clarkson (2/16) with two goals... Eight-game scoring streak in middle of season... Sat for just 16 penalty minutes, less than half of his rookie year total... Ranked 14th in NCAA Division I with 0.56 GPG, second in the ECAC... Third in ECAC in goals scored (18) despite playing eight less games than the leader... Led Yale past RPI in the first round of the ECAC Playoffs with an overtime goal on 3/8.

2006-07: ECAC Co-Rookie of the Year, All-ECAC Rookie Team, Third-Team All-ECAC... Ivy League Rookie of the Year and First-Team All-Ivy... Named Team MVP and received the Martin Dwyer III award for most outstanding first-year player... Led the Bulldogs in scoring as a freshman with 18-13-31... His 18 goals were one shy of the Yale record for freshman scoring... 13 assists were second-best on the team... Led team with six power-play goals and two shorthanded goals... Scored the first goal of the season shorthanded vs. Holy Cross... Had nine multiple-point outings... Named ECAC Player of the Week on 2/4 for a six-point weekend (which included a hat trick) vs. Quinnipiac and Princeton... Earned ECAC Rookie of the Week honors on 1/8.

At Avon Old Farms: Lettered three times in hockey... Earned Rookie of the Year honors in his first season and captained the team his senior year... Hockey team won two New England Championships... Won the Order of Old Farms for hard work in the classroom, community and athletics.

Personal: Sean Richard Backman is the son of Michael and Toni Backman and resides in Cos Cob, CT... Father Michael played in the NHL from 1978-1984 for the New York Rangers... Sister Jaclyn plays field hockey for Merrimack College... He is a member of Ezra Stiles College.

2006-07 29 18 13 31 6 2 2 38
2007-08 32 18 9 27 6 0 3 16
Totals 61 36 22 58 12 2 5 54