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Mikael Backlund

Born:March 17, 1989Draft:2007 Flames #24 Overall
Hometown:Västerås, SwedenPosition:C/RW
Known For:Shoots:Left
National Team:Sweden

Mikael Backlund (born 17 March 1989) is a Swedish professional ice hockey centre and alternate captain for the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL). Backlund was a first-round selection, 24th overall, of the Flames in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, and made his NHL debut in 2008–09. He played junior hockey for VIK Västerås HK in the J20 SuperElit and the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He was a member of Kelowna’s WHL championship team in 2009.

Internationally, Backlund has represented Sweden on several occasions—he was a member of two silver medal-winning teams at the World Junior Championship and has won bronze, silver, and gold medals with the Swedes at the World Championship.

Mikael Backlund Calgary Flames
Mikael Backlund, Calgary Flames (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

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  • World Championship Gold Medal (2018)
  • World Championship Top 3 Player on Team Sweden (2018)
  • Two-time World Championship Bronze Medalist (2010, 2017)
  • World Championship Silver Medal (2016)
  • Two-time U20 World Junior Championship Silver Medalist (2008, 2009)
  • U20 WJC Top 3 Player on Team (2009)
  • WHL Champion (2009)
  • U18 WJC Bronze Medal (2007)
  • U18 WJC Top 3 Player on Team Sweden (2007)
  • Mac’s Tournament Most Valuable Player (2006)
  • TV-Pucken Best Forward (Sven Tumbas Stipendium) (2006)
  • TV-Pucken Silver Medal (2005)
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