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Finland Niklas Bäckström
Tappara / Liiga - 18/19
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Player Facts
Date of Birth
Position
G
Age
42
Height
6'2" / 187 cm
Place of Birth
Weight
192 lbs / 87 kg
Nation
Catches
L
Youth Team
Status
Retired
Highlights
1-time U20 WJC Gold Medal 1
1-time Olympic Silver Medal 1
1-time World Championship Silver Medal 1
2-time World Championship Bronze Medal 2
1-time Olympic Bronze Medal 1
1-time NHL Lowest GA (Jennings Trophy) 1
2-time SM-liiga Champion 2

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)

Team Staff profile of Niklas Bäckström also available
Player Statistics
S Team League GP GD GAA SV% GA SV SO WLT TOI   POST GP GD GAA SV% GA SV SO WLT TOI
1993-94 HIFK U16 U16 SM-sarja - - - | -
Finland U16 (all) International-Jr 1 1.00 .967 | -
1994-95 HIFK U18 U18 SM-sarja - - - | -
Finland U17 (all) International-Jr - - - | -
1995-96 HIFK U18 U18 SM-sarja 12 3.77 - | Playoffs 4 2.66 -
1996-97 HIFK U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 21 2.75 .914 | -
HIFK SM-liiga 2 6.00 .824 | -
PiTa I-divisioona 8 3.69 .875 | -
Finland U19 (all) International-Jr 0 - - | -
1997-98 HIFK U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 14 2.98 .907 | -
Hermes I-divisioona 9 2.95 .912 | -
Finland U20 WJC-20 2 2.50 .911 | -
Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 2 2.50 .911 | -
1998-99 HIFK U20 U20 SM-sarja 8 3.01 .902 | Relegation 7 2.29 .912
HIFK SM-liiga 16 1.69 .932 | -
1999-00 HIFK SM-liiga 4 6.58 .785 | -
FPS I-divisioona 22 2.27 .928 | Playoffs 3 2.70 .913
2000-01 SaiPa SM-liiga 49 2.55 .924 | -
2001-02 AIK Elitserien 40 00 3.05 .899 000 000 0 0000 | Kvalserien SHL 9 00 2.21 .921 00 000 0 000
Finland (all) International 1 1.00 .969 | -
2002-03 Kärpät SM-liiga 36 2.16 .929 | Playoffs 15 2.00 .939
2003-04 Kärpät SM-liiga 43 2.03 .936 | Playoffs 15 2.33 .925
2004-05 Kärpät SM-liiga 47 2.17 .927 | Playoffs 12 1.25 .950
Finland WC 5 0 2.32 .902 00 000 0 000 000 | -
2005-06 Kärpät SM-liiga 51 1.68 .940 | Playoffs 4 1.85 .897
Finland OG 0 0 - - | -
Finland WC 0 0 - - | -
2006-07 Minnesota Wild NHL 41 1.97 .929 00 000 0 0000 0000 | Playoffs 5 2.22 .924 00 000 0 000 000
2007-08 Minnesota Wild NHL 58 2.31 .920 000 0000 0 00000 0000 | Playoffs 6 2.82 .900 00 000 0 000 000
Finland WC 8 0 2.11 .922 00 000 0 000 000 | -
2008-09 Minnesota Wild NHL 71 2.33 .923 000 0000 0 00000 0000 | -
2009-10 Minnesota Wild NHL 60 2.72 .903 000 0000 0 00000 0000 | -
Finland OG 2 0 1.09 .952 0 00 0 000 000 | -
Finland (all) International 2 1.09 .952 | -
2010-11 Minnesota Wild NHL 51 2.66 .916 000 0000 0 00000 0000 | -
2011-12 Minnesota Wild NHL 46 2.43 .919 000 0000 0 00000 0000 | -
2012-13 Minnesota Wild NHL 42 2.48 .909 00 000 0 00000 0000 | -
2013-14 Minnesota Wild NHL 21 3.02 .899 00 000 0 0000 0000 | -
2014-15 Minnesota Wild NHL 19 3.05 .887 00 000 0 000 0000 | -
2015-16 Minnesota Wild NHL - - - | -
Calgary Flames NHL 4 3.35 .881 00 00 0 000 000 | -
Finland WC 0 0 - - | -
Finland (all) International 1 2.00 .929 | -
2016-17 HIFK Liiga 17 1.87 .923 00 000 0 000 0000 | Playoffs 2 3.42 .864 0 00 0 000 000
2017-18 HIFK Liiga 7 2.48 .894 00 000 0 000 000 | -
2018-19 Tappara Liiga 15 00 1.73 .921 00 000 0 0000 000 | Playoffs 1 00 0.00 1.000 0 0 0 000 00
Tournament Statistics
S Team League GP GD GAA SV% GA SV SO WLT TOI   POST GP GD GAA SV% GA SV SO WLT TOI
1998-99 HIFK Euro HL 0 - - | Playoffs 2 2.34 .886
1999-00 HIFK Euro HL 1 14.17 .579 | -
2002-03 Finland EHT 4 4.00 .783 | -
2003-04 Finland EHT 3 2.64 .895 | -
2004-05 Kärpät ECC 3 0 1.80 .921 0 00 0 000 000 | -
Finland EHT 3 2.31 .915 | -
2005-06 Kärpät ECC 3 0 1.89 .941 0 00 0 000 000 | -
Finland EHT 5 1.57 .950 | -
2015-16 Finland EHT 1 2.00 .929 | -
2016-17 HIFK Champions HL 4 0 1.51 .939 0 00 0 000 000 | -
2017-18 HIFK Champions HL 1 0 4.50 .885 0 00 0 000 00 | -
2018-19 Tappara Champions HL 3 0 1.95 .908 0 00 0 000 000 | -
Team Staff History
S Team League Role on Team Notes
2019-20 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL Development Coach European Goaltending Development
Player Career Totals
League Years GP GD GAA SV% GA SV SO WLT TOI | Years GP GD GAA SV% GA SV SO WLT TOI
Champions HL 3 8 00 1.94 .921 00 000 0 000 000 | 0
ECC 2 6 0 1.85 .933 00 000 0 000 000 | 0
EHT 5 16 | 0
Euro HL 2 1 | 1 2 2.34 .886
I-divisioona 3 39 | 1 3
International 3 4 | 0
International-Jr 4 3 | 0
Liiga (SM-liiga) 11 287 00 1.93 .918 00 000 0 0000 0000 | 6 49 00 2.32 .887 0 00 0 000 000
NHL 10 413 2.49 .914 000 00000 00 00000000 00000 | 2 11 2.55 .911 00 000 0 000 000
OG 2 2 00 1.09 .952 0 00 0 000 000 | 0
Elitserien (SHL) 1 40 00 3.05 .899 000 000 0 0000 | 1 9 00 2.21 .921 00 000 0 000
U16 SM-sarja 1 - | 0
U18 SM-sarja 2 12 | 1 4
U20 SM-sarja 3 43 | 1 7 2.29 .912
WC 4 13 00 2.19 .915 00 000 0 000 000 | 0
WJC-20 1 2 2.50 .911 | 0
* Some data is missing to provide a correct summary.
Transactions
DATE STATUS FROM TO SOURCE
07/12/2019
07/12/2019 Confirmed Tappara Retired
05/22/2018
05/22/2018 Confirmed HIFK Tappara
05/08/2017
05/08/2017 Extension HIFK HIFK
06/10/2016
06/10/2016 Confirmed Calgary Flames HIFK
03/01/2016
03/01/2016 Confirmed Minnesota Wild Calgary Flames
06/24/2013
06/24/2013 Extension Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild
03/03/2009
03/03/2009 Extension Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild
Player Biography and Trivia

Cult/Star player for FPS

Cult/Star player for Hermes

Cult/Star player for Kärpät

Cult/Star player for Minnesota Wild

Cult/Star player for PiTa

Cult/Star player for SaiPa

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

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