Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Niklas Backstrom
Niklas Backstrom was born February 13, 1978 in Helsinki, Finland. Undrafted, the netminder signed with the Minnesota Wild as a free agent on June 1, 2006. Prior to signing with the Wild, the netminder spent the majority of his time suiting up for HIFK Helsinki, SaiPa Lappeenranta and Karpat Oulu of the Finish Elite League.

In his first season in the NHL, Backstrom posted a remarkable 23-8-6 record and shared the starting role with Manny Fernandez. That season he ranked first in the league with a 1.97 GAA and a .929 save percentage and allowed three goals or less in 38 of his 41 appearances. To cap off their extraordinary seasons, Backstrom and Fernandez were both awarded with the William M. Jennings Trophy  presented to the goaltenders that have played 25 games for the team with the fewest goals scored against.

On the international stage, Backstrom represented his homeland at the IIHF World Hockey Championships (2005, 2006) and Winter Olympics (2006).


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1994-95 HIFK Helsinki U18 Fin-U18
1995-96 HIFK Helsinki U18 Fin-U18 12 3.77 4 2.66
1996-97 HIFK Helsinki Jr. Fin-Jr. 21 2.75
1996-97 PiTa Helsinki Finland-2 8 3.69
1996-97 HIFK Helsinki Finland 2 0 0 0 0 5.85
1997-98 HIFK Helsinki Jr. Fin-Jr. 14 7 7 0 2.98
1997-98 Hermes Kokkola Finland-2 9 4 3 1 1 2.95
1998-99 HIFK Helsinki Finland 16 9 5 1 1 1.69
1998-99 HIFK Helsinki Jr. Fin-Jr. 15 7 7 1 1 3.01
1999-00 HIFK Helsinki Finland 4 0 4 0 0 6.58
1999-00 FPS Forssa Finland-2 22 13 8 1 1 2.27 3 1 2 0 2.69
2000-01 SaiPa Lappeenranta Finland 49 22 24 3 2 2.55
2001-02 AIK Solna Sweden 40 1 3.05
2001-02 AIK Solna Sweden-Q 9 0 2.21
2002-03 Karpat Oulu Finland 36 16 8 9 4 2.16 15 7 8 0 1 2.00
2003-04 Karpat Oulu Finland 43 24 8 0 7 2.03 15 9 6 0 1 2.33
2004-05 Karpat Oulu Finland 47 27 10 10 7 2.17 12 10 2 0 3 1.25
2005-06 Karpat Oulu Finland 51 32 9 10 10 1.68 4 3 1 0 0 1.84
2005-06 Finland Olympics
2006-07 Minnesota Wild NHL 41 23 8 6 5 1.97 5 1 4 0 2.22
2007-08 Minnesota Wild NHL 58 33 13 8 4 2.31 6 2 4 0 2.83
2007-08 Finland WC-A 8 6 2 0 1 2.11
2008-09 Minnesota Wild NHL 71 37 24 8 8 2.33
2009-10 Minnesota Wild NHL 60 26 23 8 2 2.72
2009-10 Finland Olympics 2 1 0 0 1 1.09
2010-11 Minnesota Wild NHL 51 22 23 5 3 2.66
2011-12 Minnesota Wild NHL 46 19 18 7 4 2.43
2012-13 Minnesota Wild NHL 42 24 15 3 2 2.48
2013-14 Minnesota Wild NHL 21 5 11 2 0 3.02
NHL Totals 390 189 135 47 28 2.45 11 3 8 0 2.55


MBNA Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award (2007) William M. Jennings Trophy (2007) (shared with Manny Fernandez) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2009) Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, June 1, 2006.