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NIKLAS BÄCKSTRÖM  Finland

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BIRTHYEAR 1978-02-13 BIRTHPLACEHelsinki, FIN
AGE 37 NATION Finland
POSITION G CATCHES L
HEIGHT 187 cm / 6'2" WEIGHT 88 kg / 194 lbs
YOUTH TEAM HIFK CONTRACT 15/16
CAP HIT $3,416,667
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A calm keeper with an excellent technique, which has been developed through the years. Has great positioning, and is great at keeping focus. Has developed his butterfly technique past few seasons, but has a little left of the stand-up style. Good glove. Complete keeper, with only a minor weakness being shots between the legs. (EP 2010)

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CAREER STATISTICS Use/Embed statistics RSS feed
 SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP GAA SVS%       POSTSEASON GP GAA SVS% 
 1993-94 HIFK U16 Jr. C SM-sarja- - - |       
  Finland U16 (all) International-Jr1 1.00 .967 |       
 1994-95 HIFK U18 Jr. B SM-sarja - - | Playoffs  
  Finland U17 (all) International-Jr- - - |       
 1995-96 HIFK U18 Jr. B SM-sarja26 - - | Playoffs4 2.66
 1996-97 HIFK U20 Jr. A SM-liiga21 2.75 .914 |       
  HIFK Liiga2 5.85 .824 |       
  PiTa  I-divisioona8 3.69 .875 |       
  Finland U19 (all) International-Jr0 - - |       
 1997-98 HIFK U20 Jr. A SM-liiga14 2.98 .907 |       
  HIFK Liiga0 - - |       
  Hermes  I-divisioona9 2.95 .912 |       
  Finland U20 WJC-202 2.50 .911 |       
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr2 2.50 .911 |       
 1998-99 HIFK U20 Jr. A SM-liiga8 3.01 .902 | Relegation7 2.29 .912 
  HIFK Liiga16 1.69 .932 | Playoffs0 -
 1999-00 HIFK Liiga4 6.58 .785 |       
  FPS  I-divisioona22 2.27 .928 | Playoffs3 2.69 .913 
 2000-01 SaiPa Liiga49 2.25 .924 |       
 2001-02 AIK SHL40 3.05 .899 | Kvalserien SHL9 2.21 .921 
 2002-03 Kärpät Liiga36 2.16 .929 | Playoffs15 2.00 .939 
  Finland EHT4 4.00 .783 |       
 2003-04 Kärpät Liiga43 2.03 .936 | Playoffs15 2.33 .925 
  Finland EHT3 2.64 .895 |       
 2004-05 Kärpät Liiga47 2.17 .927 | Playoffs12 1.25 .950 
  Finland EHT3 2.31 .915 |       
  Finland WC5 2.32 .902 |       
 2005-06 Kärpät Liiga51 1.68 .940 | Playoffs4 1.84 .897 
  Finland EHT5 1.57 .950 |       
  Finland OG0 - - |       
  Finland WC0 - - |       
 2006-07 Minnesota Wild NHL41 1.97 .929 | Playoffs5 2.22 .924 
 2007-08 Minnesota Wild NHL58 2.31 .920 | Playoffs6 2.83 .900 
  Finland WC8 2.11 .922 |       
 2008-09 Minnesota Wild NHL71 2.33 .923 |       
 2009-10 Minnesota Wild NHL60 2.72 .903 |       
  Finland OG2 1.09 .952 |       
 2010-11 Minnesota Wild NHL51 2.66 .916 |       
 2011-12 Minnesota Wild NHL46 2.43 .919 |       
 2012-13 Minnesota Wild NHL42 2.48 .909 | Playoffs0 -
 2013-14 Minnesota Wild NHL21 3.02 .899 |       
 2014-15 Minnesota Wild NHL19 3.04 .887 | Playoffs0 -
 2015-16  Minnesota Wild NHL- - - |       
 
 TOURNAMENT STATISTICS
 1998-99 HIFK EHL0 - - | Playoffs2 2.34 .886 
 1999-00 HIFK EHL1 14.17 .579 |       
 2004-05 Kärpät ECC3 1.80 .921 |       
 2005-06 Kärpät ECC3 1.89 .941 |       




CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
SEASON AWARDS BY SEASON
1997-1998 U20 WJC Gold Medal
1998-1999 SM-liiga Silver Medal
2002-2003 SM-liiga Silver Medal
2003-2004 SM-liiga All-Star Team
  SM-liiga Best Goaltender (Urpo Ylönen Award)
  SM-liiga Best Player in Playoffs (Jari Kurri Award)
  SM-liiga Best SVS% (.936)
  SM-liiga Champion
2004-2005 SM-liiga All-Star Team
  SM-liiga Best Goaltender (Urpo Ylönen Award)
  SM-liiga Best Player in Playoffs (Jari Kurri Award)
  SM-liiga Champion
2005-2006 Olympic Silver Medal
  SM-liiga Best GAA (1.68)
  SM-liiga Bronze Medal
  World Championship Bronze Medal
2006-2007 NHL Best SVS% (.929)
  NHL Lowest GA (Jennings Trophy)
2007-2008 World Championship Bronze Medal
  World Championship Top 3 Player on Team
2008-2009 NHL All-Star Game
2009-2010 Olympic Bronze Medal
 AWARDS BY LEAGUE
- NHL All-Star Game 08/09
- NHL Best SVS% 06/07
- NHL Lowest GA (Jennings Trophy) 06/07
- Olympic Bronze Medal 09/10
- Olympic Silver Medal 05/06
- SM-liiga All-Star Team 04/05, 03/04
- SM-liiga Best GAA 05/06
- SM-liiga Best Goaltender (Urpo Ylönen Award) 03/04, 04/05
- SM-liiga Best Player in Playoffs (Jari Kurri Award) 04/05, 03/04
- SM-liiga Best SVS% 03/04
- SM-liiga Bronze Medal 05/06
- SM-liiga Champion 03/04, 04/05
- SM-liiga Silver Medal 98/99, 02/03
- U20 WJC Gold Medal 97/98
- World Championship Bronze Medal 05/06, 07/08
- World Championship Top 3 Player on Team 07/08



TRANSACTIONS
DATE STATUS FROM TO SOURCE  
06/24/2013 Extension Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 3 years 
03/03/2009 Extension Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild (4 years) 


PLAYER BIOGRAPHY AND TRIVIA
 
 
 
Cult/Star player for Kärpät
Cult/Star player for SaiPa
Cult/Star player for Minnesota Wild
Cult/Star player for FPS
Cult/Star player for Hermes
Cult/Star player for PiTa
 
Career transactions
- 2009-03-03 • Signed to a four-year contract extension by the Minnesota Wild
- 2007-06-07 • Signed to a two-year contract extension by the Minnesota Wild
- 2006-06-01 • Signed by the Minnesota Wild
- 2006-02-08 • Signed to a one-year contract extension by Kärpät