Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mike Backman
Right winger Mike Backman was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia on January 2, 1955. Backman spent parts of four seasons with the St. Mary's Huskies before turning pro for the 1978-79 splitting that season with the New Haven Nighthawks and the Toledo Goaldiggers.

The New York Rangers signed Backman on October 11, 1979, and he spent the next two seasons with New Haven of the American Hockey League fine-tuning his game.

Backman made his NHL debut with the Rangers during the 1981-82 season playing three games and registering two assists. The next year, he played seven games with the Blueshirts, scoring his first NHL goal and totalling four points. In the minors that year, with the Tulsa Oilers of the Central Hockey League, Backman scored at a steady pace notching 76 points in 71 games.

Backman was named to the CHL First All-Star Team for his efforts and earned an eight-game stint with the Rangers the following year, his last in the NHL.

His final two seasons of professional hockey were spent back in New Haven with the Nighthawks, where his career began.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1974-75 Montreal Juniors QMJHL 38 13 20 33 85 9 2 3 5 24
1974-75 St. Mary's Huskies AUAA 6 0 8 8 8
1975-76 St. Mary's Huskies AUAA 19 13 10 23 49
1976-77 St. Mary's Huskies AUAA 19 13 15 28 59
1977-78 St. Mary's Huskies AUAA 17 7 12 19 47
1978-79 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 6 2 1 3 0 6 3 1 4 15
1978-79 Toledo Goaldiggers IHL 66 25 38 63 171 6 4 2 6 17
1979-80 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 74 18 28 46 156 10 6 8 14 14
1980-81 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 62 27 27 54 224 4 1 0 1 14
1981-82 New York Rangers NHL 3 0 2 2 4 +7 1 0 0 0 2
1981-82 Springfield Indians AHL 74 24 27 51 147
1982-83 New York Rangers NHL 7 1 3 4 6 -5 9 2 2 4 0
1982-83 Tulsa Oilers CHL 71 29 47 76 170
1983-84 New York Rangers NHL 8 0 1 1 8 -1
1983-84 Tulsa Oilers CHL 50 12 28 40 103 9 4 2 6 22
1984-85 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 72 10 36 46 120
1985-86 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 4 0 0 0 4
NHL Totals 18 1 6 7 18 10 2 2 4 2


CHL First All-Star Team (1983) Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, October 11, 1979.
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