David Backes Fights Canada

Do not anger the American

Okay, well maybe not the entire country, but it sure looks that way.  About two weeks ago, St. Louis Blues forward David Backes learned that he would be representing the United States in the upcoming Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada.  Since then it appears he is on a mission to drop the gloves with every player on Canada’s roster before the games begin.  I like his style.

As you know, I’m a huge Blues fan and Backes is my favorite player.  I tend to admire the players who are A) from the United States B) score goals and C) are willing and able to drop the gloves every now and again.  A power forward, if you will.  And not a Tomas Holmstrom power forward.  He’s just fat, unskilled and too wussy to get in a scrap.

Anyway, Backes certainly isn’t known for his fighting ability (he’s gotten in 13 fights in four years) but he can certainly hold his own.  Since 2010 began, however, that is a different story.

First, Backes pounded Chicago Blackhawks’ Captain and team Canada member Jonathan Toews into the ice on January 2nd.  Rumor has it that Toews actually vomited twice in the penalty box afterward.

Toews actually looked like he initiated the fight even if Backes started the contact.  Not a great decision on the young captain’s part.  It was only Toews’ second fight in the NHL, but maybe he should stick to scoring.

Then, five days later, Backes and Team Canada forward Corey Perry dropped the gloves in the first period of the Blues-Ducks game.  Once again, Backes got the resounding victory.

Perry has much more experience with fisticuffs than Toews, but he gets the same treatment.  Also, it appears commentator Darren Pang catches on to Backes’ plan.  I wonder if he had some inside information?

Two nights ago Backes again took on a Team Canada member, this time it was Columbus’s Rick Nash.  This one was completely instigated by Backes as he runs Nash in the corner and drops the gloves immediately.  I think it was definitely planned out.  Nash got the better of the exchange, getting in a few shots before it’s quickly broken up.

If Backes is truly trying to stir the pot with the Canadian team before the Olympics then he’s doing a good job.  Just check out the comments under his fights at hockeyfights.com.  I think this should endear him to the American Hockey fans as they begin their quest for a medal this February.

One final video from Mr. Backes.  This one is from the World Hockey Championships in 2008.  Keep in mind that actually dropping the gloves and fighting is considered taboo in most international competitions.  However, this happens at the end of a game after American Dustin Brown lays a questionable hit on Finland’s Jussi Jokinen.  Then Anssi Salmela decides he wants a piece of Chuck Norris David Backes.

For his troubles, Salmela gets a broken nose and a bloody lip.  He might let Backes drop his gloves first next time.

Should be a fun Olympics.

Update: After tonight’s 1-0 win against the Minnesota Wild I decided to look for some potential matchups for Mr. Backes.  Here’s what I came up with:

Monday, January 18th and Saturday, January 30th vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets:  Could we have a return bout against Rick Nash?  They didn’t really get a chance to get going in the last game.

Saturday, January 23rd vs. the Anaheim Ducks:  Corey Perry might be willing to go again, but I’d look for Ryan Getzlaf to add his name to Backes’ hitlist.

Monday, January 25th vs. the Calgary Flames:  If I had to put money on a fight happening, it would be this one with Jarome Iginla.

Wednesday, February 3rd and Saturday, February 6th vs. the Chicago Blackhawks:  I’m betting Jonathan Toews will cower in the corner when Backes gets near him, but Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook might be willing to try their luck.  Backes has an illustrious history of beating on the Blackhawks.

Thursday, February 4th vs. the San Jose Sharks:  Dany Heatley is on the Canadian team, but he’s only been in one fight in his career and it was a weak one with Nolan Pratt in the 2006 playoffs.  This one ain’t happenin’.

9 Responses

  1. This is awesome. I love it.

  2. David Backes is not getting enough love right now. This is an outrage.

  3. […] Now, there is the correct way to do this.  In the fight above, I have no problem with Carcillo’s actions.  That’s what he’s supposed to do, he starts trouble.  If he sits out 5 minutes, it’s not a huge blow to his team.  If Gaborik sits out for 5 minutes, that’s a big blow to the Rangers.  Actually, Gaborik drops the gloves first, which is kind of funny.  I’d imagine it was a moment of panic where he dropped them before he really thought about what he was doing kind of like Jonathan Toews did with David Backes. […]

  4. OK, what you have presented is justification for fighting in hockey? What happened to skill? Ice skating, puck handeling? Ok, send out your goon to beat on my star player and I’ll send out my goon to beat on yours. I thought the idea was to score goals, not fight. Wanna fight, there is a sport called boxing, or ultimate fighting, or wrestlng, you don’t call it hockey.
    Ok, fighting is all in protectng your players, right? Pitchers in baseball are the enforcers. You hit one of my players, one of your is going to get plucked. Soccer, cheap foul our guy. You get fouls back x 10. Intimidation and gamesmanship? Yeah it’s all part of today’s game and environment, but it is sad that that all of the sports have stooped down to that level, especially hockey. Hockey should treat fighters like soccer red cards. Remove them from the game and their next game. Let your team play short handed. The emphasis on skill would return in a hurry.

    Having said all of this, I have to admit, I never played hockey and I am sure my competitive juices and combative spirit and raw emotion would have been just as involved and gotten me in just as much fighting as anyone else. It just seems senseless to me. It is supposed to be a game of athletic skills. That is why I don’t like the fighting aspect in hockey. Silly me.

    • Rebel, we appreciate the comment, and you should take a look at this article, which was also written by Bryan…


    • Skill, skating and puck handling is still very much a part of the game. Guys like Gaborik, Patrick Kane, Sidney Crosby, the Sedins, they’re all skill.

      The other sports you mentioned have not “stooped down to that level” as you say, they’ve always been there from Ty Cobb to Roger Clemens and Pedro Martinez.

      Removing fighters from games, again, would lead to an increase in injuries which I outlined above. a 6’8″ defenseman wouldn’t have to think twice before putting an elbow in 5’8″ Pat Kane’s face. If he has to drop the gloves against someone later, he’ll think better of that elbow.

      There is plenty of athletic skill in hockey, I’d say there’s more skill in hockey than any other sport. If you can’t see that skill because of a fight then your focus is sorely misplaced.

  5. Actually, I like to watch the beauty of the hockey game, the teamwork, passing, improvising on the run, the skill and player balance. I get all of that. What I don’t get is what a 5’8″ player is doing being caught by a 6’8″ player. He ought to be cutting circles around him.
    Pitchers in baseball are tossed out for hitting batters on purpose. Hockey needs similar penalties. Toss them out, or make the team play shorthanded the rest of the game. The coaches and goons will think twice again before throwing the elbow to the face or roughing up the star player because he can. I still don’t see how less injuries occur by allowing fighting to be so prevelent.

    • So you are suggesting that we eject any player who fights and we teach small guys not to come into contact with a bigger guy during a contact sport? It’s not that the smaller guys are getting caught or chased down but rather, they have to get past them. Think American Gladiators.

      Pitchers are not always tossed for intentionally hitting batters. I could find a few videos if you’d like, but there’s a football game on right now. Just think about how many times Roger Clemens or Nolan Ryan got tossed vs. how many batters they hit.

      Also, it takes two to tango, so no team would be playing shorthanded.

      I’m not going to take the time to explain how less injuries would occur since I’ve done it about four times now. If a player has to fight a tough-guy, he won’t level the other team’s star player. That’s as simple as I can make it.

  6. Nice post, but to be honest, the guy is beginning to piss me off a bit. I had him on my fantasy team last year, but this year I have Jonathan Toews and Rick Nash. I also have Dany Heatley. Perhaps he could just do some girly handbag stuff with them tonight (Toews) and tommorow (Heatley) get my guys a few PIM and not leave them spewing their guts all over the floor………

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