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Stars Sign Yale Forward Backman to One Year Deal

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As you've no doubt read on the net by now, the Stars signed 23 year old prospect Sean Backman to a one year deal on Tuesday. He's only 5'8" and 165lbs but is said to be possessed with great hockey sense and the ability to put the puck in the net. When you're a cash strapped team like the Stars, why not try a few contracts like this and see if you hit on one?

YouTube provides video evidence. (He's #16)

And here's the release.

Backman, 23, recently completed his senior season at Yale University, where he finished second on the team in goals with 21 and fifth in scoring with 35 points in just 29 games. He ranked tied for 13th in the nation in goals despite having played fewer games. The Cos Cob, Connecticut, native accumulated 126 points (77g, 49a) in 122 career games with the Bulldogs over four seasons.

The 5-8, 165-pound forward was named First-Team All-Ivy in each of his first three seasons, and was named ECAC Co-Rookie of the Year as well as Ivy League Rookie of the Year after his freshman season. He led the Bulldogs in scoring his first two seasons, winning the Murray Murdoch Award as team MVP both years. Prior to his time at Yale, Backman played one season with the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League (USHL), scoring 29 goals and 27 assists in 57 games.