A long time NHLer and former Boston Bruin has decided to hang up his skates.
Former Bruins' forward David Backes signed a one day contract with the St. Louis Blues on Thursday and announced his retirement.
Backes was the Blues longtime captain before heading over to Boston and playing for the Bruins for 4 years where he totalled 94 points in 217 games which included 39 goals.
In total during his time in the NHL Backes played in 965 games for the Blues, Bruins and Anaheim Ducks and totalled 561 points.
Here's an excerpt from his announcement about his time in Boston:
My stretch in Boston is something I am so grateful for. It was an amazing group of men that I was able to play with and grow alongside of. Arriving there and being a complementary piece to the great core that had been there since they won the Stanley Cup in 2011 was an incredible learning experience for me. I learned about leading from the rear and was able to pour into teammates in ways I had never been able to do before. Our remarkable march to the Stanley Cup Final in 2019 was filled with some of the highest highs and lowest lows I have experienced in the game, but I am appreciative of all of them. I never thought I would so intimately live the words I said when leaving St Louis: "If the team I was playing on wasn't going to win the Stanley Cup, I hoped it would be the Blues."
I found in the latter parts of my time in Boston that you can take something you would never ask for - like being a healthy scratch - and turn it into something good. It was a humbling lesson learned through sport that will permeate through life.
We wish him all the best.