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Finland Niklas Bäckström
#32 Tappara / Liiga - 18/19
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Last added: William Mattila
Scoring Leaders
# Player GP G A TP
1. Patrik Svitana 8 4 12 16
2. Marek Tvrdon 8 4 10 14
3. Samuel Takac 8 3 10 13
4. Samuel Bucek 8 8 4 12
5. Dávid Skokan 7 5 7 12
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Player Facts
Date of Birth
Position
G
Age
43
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 0 28 - - | Playoffs 0 3 - -
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 26 3.77 - 44 700 | Playoffs 4 4 2.66 - 9 203
1996-97 HIFK U20 U20 SM-liiga 21 22 2.75 .914 57 1243 |
HIFK SM-liiga 2 11 6.00 .824 3 14 0 0-0-0 30 |
PiTa I-divisioona 8 13 3.69 .875 24 390 |
Finland U19 (all) International-Jr 0 - - |
1997-98 HIFK U20 U20 SM-liiga 14 14 2.98 .907 42 7-7-0 847 |
HIFK SM-liiga 0 3 - - |
Hermes I-divisioona 9 20 2.95 .912 23 1 4-3-1 468 |
Finland U20 WJC-20 2 7 2.50 .911 5 51 1 1-0-1 120 |
Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 2 7 2.50 .911 5 51 1 1-0-1 120 |
1998-99 HIFK U20 U20 SM-liiga 8 9 3.01 .902 43 847 | Relegation 7 7 2.29 .912
HIFK SM-liiga 16 53 1.69 .932 26 356 1 9-5-1 923 |
1999-00 HIFK SM-liiga 4 23 6.58 .785 17 62 0 0-4-0 155 |
FPS I-divisioona 22 22 2.27 .928 50 1 13-8-1 1320 | Playoffs 3 3 2.69 .913 8 0 1-2-0 178
2000-01 SaiPa SM-liiga 49 53 2.55 .924 120 1454 2 21-24-3 2826 |
2001-02 AIK Elitserien 40 50 3.05 .897 111 970 1 14-24-0 2186 | Kvalserien SHL 9 10 2.21 .921 20 233 0 6-3-0 543
Finland (all) International 1 1.00 .969 |
2002-03 Kärpät SM-liiga 36 50 2.16 .929 77 1003 4 16-8-9 2136 | Playoffs 15 15 2.00 .939 33 506 1 7-8-0 990
2003-04 Kärpät SM-liiga 43 46 2.03 .936 87 1266 7 24-8-0 2572 | Playoffs 15 15 2.33 .925 36 443 1 9-6-0 927
2004-05 Kärpät SM-liiga 47 56 2.17 .927 102 1285 7 27-10-10 2819 | Playoffs 12 12 1.25 .950 15 283 3 10-2-0 720
Finland WC 5 7 2.32 .902 12 111 1 1-1-3 310 |
2005-06 Kärpät SM-liiga 51 54 1.68 .940 86 1336 10 32-9-10 3077 | Playoffs 4 6 1.85 .897 6 52 0 3-1-0 195
Finland OG 0 8 - - |
Finland WC 0 5 - - |
2006-07 Minnesota Wild NHL 41 1.97 .929 73 955 5 23-8-6 2227 | Playoffs 5 2.22 .924 11 134 0 1-4-0 297
2007-08 Minnesota Wild NHL 58 2.31 .920 131 1498 4 33-13-8 3409 | Playoffs 6 2.82 .900 17 153 0 2-4-0 361
Finland WC 8 9 2.11 .922 17 201 1 6-2-0 483 |
2008-09 Minnesota Wild NHL 71 2.33 .923 159 1900 8 37-24-8 4088 |
2009-10 Minnesota Wild NHL 60 2.72 .903 158 1474 2 26-23-8 3489 |
Finland OG 2 6 1.09 .952 2 40 1 1-0-0 110 |
Finland (all) International 2 6 1.09 .952 2 40 1 1-0-0 110 |
2010-11 Minnesota Wild NHL 51 2.66 .916 132 1434 3 22-23-5 2978 |
2011-12 Minnesota Wild NHL 46 2.43 .919 105 1194 4 19-18-7 2590 |
2012-13 Minnesota Wild NHL 42 2.48 .909 98 974 2 24-15-3 2368 |
2013-14 Minnesota Wild NHL 21 3.02 .899 55 491 0 5-11-2 1094 |
2014-15 Minnesota Wild NHL 19 3.05 .887 51 401 0 5-7-3 1005 |
2015-16 Calgary Flames NHL 4 3.35 .881 13 96 0 2-2-0 233 |
Finland WC 0 2 - - |
Finland (all) International 1 3 2.00 .929 2 0 60 |
2016-17 HIFK Liiga 17 33 1.87 .923 32 382 1 8-5-4 1025 | Playoffs 2 12 3.42 .864 6 38 0 1-1-0 105
2017-18 HIFK Liiga 7 35 2.48 .894 13 110 1 2-2-2 314 |
2018-19 Tappara Liiga 15 53 1.73 .921 26 303 2 11-2-1 864 | Playoffs 1 11 0.00 1.000 0 9 0 0-0-0 50
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 6 - - | Playoffs 2 4 2.34 .886 4 102
1999-00 HIFK Euro HL 1 5 14.17 .579 8 0 33 |
2002-03 Finland EHT 4 4.00 .783 |
2003-04 Finland EHT 3 2.64 .895 |
2004-05 Kärpät ECC 3 3 1.80 .921 6 70 0 2-1-0 200 |
Finland EHT 3 2.31 .915 |
2005-06 Kärpät ECC 3 3 1.89 .941 6 96 1 2-1-0 190 |
Finland EHT 5 1.57 .950 |
2015-16 Finland EHT 1 3 2.00 .929 2 0 60 |
2016-17 HIFK Champions HL 4 6 1.52 .939 6 93 1 1-2-1 237 |
2017-18 HIFK Champions HL 1 5 4.50 .885 3 23 0 0-1-0 40 |
2018-19 Tappara Champions HL 3 8 1.95 .908 6 59 0 2-1-0 185 |
Team Staff History
S Team League Role on Team Notes
2019-20 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL Development Coach European Goaltending Development
2021-22 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL Scout
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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 19 1.95 .921 15 175 1 3-4-1 462 | 0
ECC 2 6 6 1.85 .933 12 166 1 4-2-0 390 | 0
EHT 5 16 3 2.00 .000 2 0 60 | 0
Euro HL 2 1 11 14.55 .000 8 0 33 | 1 2 4 4 102
I-divisioona 3 39 55 2.67 .000 97 2 17-11-2 2178 | 1 3 3 8 0 1-2-0 178
International 3 4 9 1.41 .909 4 40 1 1-0-0 170 | 0
International-Jr 4 3 7 2.50 .911 5 51 1 1-0-1 120 | 0
Liiga (SM-liiga) 12 287 470 2.11 .928 589 7571 35 150-77-40 16741 | 6 49 71 1.93 .933 96 1331 5 30-18-0 2987
NHL 10 413 2.49 .914 975 10417 28 196-144-50 23481 | 2 11 2.55 .911 28 287 0 3-8-0 658
OG 2 2 14 1.09 .952 2 40 1 1-0-0 110 | 0
Elitserien (SHL) 1 40 50 3.05 .897 111 970 1 14-24-0 2186 | 1 9 10 2.21 .921 20 233 0 6-3-0 543
U16 SM-sarja 1 0 28 | 1 0 3
U18 SM-sarja 2 12 26 44 700 | 1 4 4 9 203
U20 SM-liiga (U20 SM-sarja) 3 43 45 2.90 .000 142 7-7-0 2937 | 1 7 7 2.29 .912
WC 4 13 23 2.19 .915 29 312 2 7-3-3 793 | 0
WJC-20 1 2 7 2.50 .911 5 51 1 1-0-1 120 | 0
* Some data is missing to provide a correct summary.
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Player Connections
Player Period Teams
Mikko Koivu (F) 2003-2016 12 Finland, Finland, Finland, Finland (all), Minnesota Wild
Olli Jokinen (F) 1993-2010 10 Finland, Finland, Finland, Finland (all), Finland U16 (all), Finland U17 (all), Finland U20, Finland U20 (all), HIFK, HIFK U20
Kimmo Kuhta (F) 1996-2006 9 Finland, Finland (all), HIFK, PiTa
Niklas Hagman (F) 1995-2010 9 Finland, Finland, Finland, Finland (all), Finland U20, Finland U20 (all), HIFK, HIFK U18, HIFK U20

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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
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