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Blues’ Backes Named to His First All-Star Game

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St. Louis Blues David Backes takes a slapshot resulting in a goal against the Phoenix Coyotes in the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on January 10, 2011. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

St. Louis Blues David Backes takes a slapshot resulting in a goal against the Phoenix Coyotes in the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on January 10, 2011. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — The NHL announced that St. Louis Blues forward David Backes has been named to the 2011 NHL All-Star Game on January 28.

Through 40 games this season, Backes has notched 32 points with 11 goals and 21 assists.

Backes does not make headlines with dazzling plays or scoring streaks, but is known to be an important part to the Blues leadership on and off the ice.  Last season, he was dubbed ‘Captain America’ because he fought three different Team Canada players in one week after being named to the American team.

The 6-2, 200 lbs. center represented the United States of America last winter in Vancouver at the 2010 Winter Olympics.  Now in his fifth season with St. Louis, the 26-year-old received a 5-year contract extension on November 12.

“David has been a key player for this team and he deserves this honor,” said Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong. “He’s a true professional and the St. Louis Blues are proud to have him represent the organization at this year’s All-Star Game.”

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