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Ralph Backstrom

Position: C ▪ Shoots: Left
Height: 5-10 (178 cm) ▪ Weight: 165 lbs. (75 kg)

Born: September 18, 1937 in Kirkland Lake, Ontario


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Fine Details ▪ Last updated Sep 20, 2014 3:25 AM

NHL/WHA Standard

Scoring Stats Goals Assists Ice Time
Season Age Tm Lg GP G A PTS GC +/- PIM EV PP SH GW EV PP SH S S% TOI ATOI Awards
1956-57 19 MTL NHL 3 0 0 0 0 0
1957-58 20 MTL NHL 2 0 1 1 0 0
1958-59 21 MTL NHL 64 18 22 40 16 19 Calder-1
1959-60 22 MTL NHL 64 13 15 28 11 24
1960-61 23 MTL NHL 69 12 20 32 12 44
1961-62 24 MTL NHL 66 27 38 65 25 29
1962-63 25 MTL NHL 70 23 12 35 16 51
1963-64 26 MTL NHL 70 8 21 29 10 41 8 0 0 1
1964-65 27 MTL NHL 70 25 30 55 22 41 18 7 0 2
1965-66 28 MTL NHL 67 22 20 42 18 10 21 1 0 3
1966-67 29 MTL NHL 69 14 27 41 15 39 13 1 0 0
1967-68 30 MTL NHL 70 20 25 45 18 4 14 17 3 0 5 22 3 0 198 10.1
1968-69 31 MTL NHL 72 13 28 41 15 20 16 11 2 0 3 27 1 0 180 7.2
1969-70 32 MTL NHL 72 19 24 43 17 4 20 18 1 0 2 22 2 0 187 10.2
1970-71 33 TOT NHL 49 15 17 32 13 -7 8 12 2 1 1 13 4 0 126 11.9
1970-71 33 MTL NHL 16 1 4 5 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 18 5.6
1970-71 33 LAK NHL 33 14 13 27 12 -7 8 11 2 1 1 9 4 0 108 13.0
1971-72 34 LAK NHL 76 23 29 52 21 -22 22 15 7 1 4 22 5 2 181 12.7
1972-73 35 TOT NHL 79 26 32 58 23 -12 8 23 1 2 6 25 6 1 168 15.5
1972-73 35 LAK NHL 63 20 29 49 19 -12 6 18 1 1 6 23 6 0 132 15.2
1972-73 35 CBH NHL 16 6 3 9 4 0 2 5 0 1 0 2 0 1 36 16.7
1973-74 36 CHC WHA 78 33 50 83 32 26 25 6 2 8 Deneau-1
1974-75 37 CHC WHA 70 15 24 39 15 -28 28 9 6 0 161 9.3
1975-76 38 TOT WHA 79 35 48 83 33 9 20 26 8 1 5 236 14.8
1975-76 38 DOT WHA 41 21 29 50 20 9 14 13 8 0 4 142 14.8
1975-76 38 NEW WHA 38 14 19 33 13 6 13 0 1 1 94 14.9
1976-77 39 NEW WHA 77 17 31 48 18 1 30 17 0 0 162 10.5
15 yrs MTL NHL 844 215 287 502 198 28 348 107 15 0 16 75 6 0 583 9.1
3 yrs LAK NHL 172 57 71 128 51 -41 36 44 10 3 11 54 15 2 421 13.5
2 yrs CHC WHA 148 48 74 122 47 -28 54 34 12 2 8 161 9.3
2 yrs NEW WHA 115 31 50 81 31 1 36 30 0 1 1 256 12.1
1 yr CHI NHL 16 6 3 9 4 0 2 5 0 1 0 2 0 1 36 16.7
1 yr OTC WHA 41 21 29 50 20 9 14 13 8 0 4 142 14.8
Career NHL 1032 278 361 639 253 -13 386 156 25 4 27 131 21 3 1040 11.2
Career WHA 304 100 153 253 98 -18 104 77 20 3 13 559 12.0

NHL/WHA Miscellaneous

Per Game Adjusted Plus/Minus Point Shares
Season Age Tm Lg GP G A PTS GC PIM S G A PTS GC TGF PGF TGA PGA +/- OPS DPS PS Awards
1956-57 19 MTL NHL 3 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0 0 0 0 -0.1 0.1 -0.1
1957-58 20 MTL NHL 2 0.00 0.50 0.50 0.14 0.00 0 1 1 0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1958-59 21 MTL NHL 64 0.28 0.34 0.63 0.24 0.30 20 25 45 18 2.5 1.3 3.8 Calder-1
1959-60 22 MTL NHL 64 0.20 0.23 0.44 0.17 0.38 14 17 31 12 1.0 1.1 2.1
1960-61 23 MTL NHL 69 0.17 0.29 0.46 0.18 0.64 13 21 34 13 1.0 1.1 2.1
1961-62 24 MTL NHL 66 0.41 0.58 0.98 0.38 0.44 29 40 69 27 5.4 1.3 6.7
1962-63 25 MTL NHL 70 0.33 0.17 0.50 0.23 0.73 25 13 38 17 2.1 1.3 3.4
1963-64 26 MTL NHL 70 0.11 0.30 0.41 0.15 0.59 9 24 33 11 0.5 1.3 1.8
1964-65 27 MTL NHL 70 0.36 0.43 0.79 0.31 0.59 28 34 62 25 4.5 1.1 5.6
1965-66 28 MTL NHL 67 0.33 0.30 0.63 0.26 0.15 23 21 44 18 2.6 1.2 3.9
1966-67 29 MTL NHL 69 0.20 0.39 0.59 0.22 0.57 15 29 44 16 1.9 1.1 3.0
1967-68 30 MTL NHL 70 0.29 0.36 0.64 0.26 0.20 2.83 21 27 48 19 55 12 39 0 4 3.1 1.0 4.1
1968-69 31 MTL NHL 72 0.18 0.39 0.57 0.21 0.22 2.50 13 28 41 15 56 5 31 0 20 1.7 1.4 3.1
1969-70 32 MTL NHL 72 0.26 0.33 0.60 0.24 0.28 2.60 19 25 44 17 57 9 44 0 4 2.8 1.1 3.9
1970-71 33 TOT NHL 49 0.31 0.35 0.65 0.27 0.16 2.57 14 16 30 12 46 10 56 13 -7 2.2 0.4 2.6
1970-71 33 MTL NHL 16 0.06 0.25 0.31 0.11 0.00 1.13 1 4 5 2 9 0 10 1 0 -0.1 0.2 0.1
1970-71 33 LAK NHL 33 0.42 0.39 0.82 0.35 0.24 3.27 13 12 25 10 37 10 46 12 -7 2.3 0.2 2.5
1971-72 34 LAK NHL 76 0.30 0.38 0.68 0.27 0.29 2.38 22 29 51 20 64 15 95 24 -22 3.6 0.6 4.2
1972-73 35 TOT NHL 79 0.33 0.41 0.73 0.29 0.10 2.13 23 30 53 21 81 11 91 9 -12 3.6 0.9 4.5
1972-73 35 LAK NHL 63 0.32 0.46 0.78 0.30 0.10 2.10 18 27 45 17 70 10 79 7 -12 3.0 0.8 3.8
1972-73 35 CBH NHL 16 0.38 0.19 0.56 0.26 0.13 2.25 5 3 8 4 11 1 12 2 0 0.5 0.2 0.7
1973-74 36 CHC WHA 78 0.42 0.64 1.06 0.41 0.33 Deneau-1
1974-75 37 CHC WHA 70 0.21 0.34 0.56 0.22 0.40 2.30 -28
1975-76 38 TOT WHA 79 0.44 0.61 1.05 0.41 0.25 2.99 9
1975-76 38 DOT WHA 41 0.51 0.71 1.22 0.49 0.34 3.46 9
1975-76 38 NEW WHA 38 0.37 0.50 0.87 0.34 0.16 2.47
1976-77 39 NEW WHA 77 0.22 0.40 0.62 0.23 0.39 2.10 1
15 yrs MTL NHL 844 0.25 0.34 0.59 0.23 0.41 2.53 230 309 539 210 177 26 124 1 28 28.9 14.5 43.4
3 yrs LAK NHL 172 0.33 0.41 0.74 0.30 0.21 2.45 53 68 121 47 171 35 220 43 -41 8.9 1.6 10.6
2 yrs CHC WHA 148 0.32 0.50 0.82 0.32 0.36 2.30 -28
2 yrs NEW WHA 115 0.27 0.43 0.70 0.27 0.31 2.23 1
1 yr CHI NHL 16 0.38 0.19 0.56 0.26 0.13 2.25 5 3 8 4 11 1 12 2 0 0.5 0.2 0.7
1 yr OTC WHA 41 0.51 0.71 1.22 0.49 0.34 3.46 9
Career NHL 1032 0.27 0.35 0.62 0.25 0.37 2.49 288 380 668 261 359 62 356 46 -13 38.4 16.3 54.7
Career WHA 304 0.33 0.50 0.83 0.32 0.34 2.47 -18

NHL/WHA Playoffs

Scoring Stats Goals Ice Time
Season Age Tm Lg GP G A PTS GC +/- PIM EV PP SH GW S S% TOI ATOI
1958-59 21 MTL NHL SC 11 3 5 8 3 12
1959-60 22 MTL NHL SC 7 0 3 3 1 2
1960-61 23 MTL NHL 5 0 0 0 0 4
1961-62 24 MTL NHL 5 0 1 1 0 6
1962-63 25 MTL NHL 5 0 0 0 0 2
1963-64 26 MTL NHL 7 2 1 3 1 8
1964-65 27 MTL NHL SC 13 2 3 5 2 10
1965-66 28 MTL NHL SC 10 3 4 7 3 4
1966-67 29 MTL NHL 10 5 2 7 3 6
1967-68 30 MTL NHL SC 13 4 3 7 3 4 4 0 0 2
1968-69 31 MTL NHL SC 14 3 4 7 3 10 2 1 0 1
1972-73 35 CBH NHL 16 5 6 11 4 0 4 0 1 0
1973-74 36 CHC WHA 18 5 14 19 4 1
1975-76 38 NEW WHA 17 5 4 9 4 8
1976-77 39 NEW WHA 3 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0
Career NHL 6 116 27 32 59 24 68 10 1 1 3
Career WHA 38 10 18 28 3 12 0 0 0 1

Other Standard

Scoring Stats Goals Ice Time
Season Age Team Lg GP G A PTS GC +/- PIM EV PP SH GW S S% TOI ATOI Awards
1954-55 17 Montreal Jr. Canadiens QJHL 21 7 6 13 2
1955-56 18 Montreal Jr. Canadiens QJHL 18 10 8 18 4
1956-57 19 Hull-Ottawa Canadiens OHA-Jr. 18 10 8 18 4
1956-57 19 Hull-Ottawa Canadiens EOHL 18 7 10 17 4
1957-58 20 Hull-Ottawa Canadiens OHA-Jr. 26 24 27 51 64
1957-58 20 Hull-Ottawa Canadiens EOHL 33 21 25 46 13
1957-58 20 Montreal Royals QHL 1 0 1 1 0
1957-58 20 Rochester Americans AHL 2 0 0 0 0
1974-75 37 Canada Summit-74 8 4 4 8 10
Career 1 Season AHL 2 0 0 0 0
Career 2 Seasons EOHL 51 28 35 63 17
Career 2 Seasons OHA-Jr. 44 34 35 69 68
Career 1 Season QHL 1 0 1 1 0
Career 2 Seasons QJHL 39 17 14 31 6
Career 1 Season Summit-74 8 4 4 8 10

Other Playoffs

Scoring Stats Goals Ice Time
Season Age Team Lg GP G A PTS GC +/- PIM EV PP SH GW S S% TOI ATOI
1954-55 17 Montreal Jr. Canadiens QJHL 5 2 1 3 4
1955-56 18 Montreal Jr. Canadiens M-Cup 10 5 4 9 6
1956-57 19 Hull-Ottawa Canadiens M-Cup 15 17 11 28 19
1957-58 20 Hull-Ottawa Canadiens M-Cup 13 17 9 26 24
Career 3 Seasons M-Cup 38 39 24 63 49
Career 1 Season QJHL 5 2 1 3 4

Similarity Scores

Explanation ▪ Players with careers of similar quality and shape (thru 2012-13)
Thru 17 Years Adjusted Point Shares (Best to Worst)
Player 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
Ralph Backstrom 6.7 5.6 4.5 4.2 4.1 3.9 3.9 3.8 3.4 3.1 3.0 2.6 2.1 2.1 1.8 0.0 -0.1
Shayne Corson 92.6 6.9 6.1 4.8 4.4 4.1 4.0 3.5 2.9 2.6 2.6 2.4 2.4 1.9 1.6 1.4 1.0 -0.2
Bob Pulford 92.0 5.6 5.1 4.7 4.3 4.0 3.7 3.6 3.6 3.4 3.3 2.7 2.1 2.0 1.9 1.5 1.4
Harry Watson 91.2 5.6 4.5 4.5 4.2 4.1 3.8 3.8 3.5 2.7 2.2 2.1 1.9 1.6 0.7
Murray Oliver 91.2 6.5 5.8 4.9 4.3 4.0 3.9 3.7 3.2 2.8 2.7 2.7 2.1 2.1 2.0 1.7 1.6 0.1
Dean Prentice 91.0 6.8 5.3 4.8 4.7 4.2 4.1 4.0 3.8 3.8 3.6 2.7 2.6 2.5 2.3 1.6 0.8 -0.4
Thomas Steen 90.1 6.7 5.7 5.3 4.9 4.6 4.1 3.6 3.4 3.3 3.1 2.9 2.8 2.5 0.5
Chris Gratton 89.7 6.9 5.8 4.2 4.1 3.8 3.4 3.3 3.0 2.5 2.2 2.2 2.1 1.8 1.3 -0.2
Scott Mellanby 89.3 6.9 5.9 5.8 5.1 4.9 4.2 3.5 3.5 3.2 3.1 2.9 2.0 1.8 1.4 1.3 0.5 -0.1
Dick Duff 88.9 5.8 5.2 4.9 4.7 4.2 4.0 3.7 3.6 2.8 2.8 2.6 1.7 1.6 1.6 0.4 0.0 -0.1
Stu Barnes 88.9 8.3 5.5 4.3 4.3 4.1 3.3 3.2 3.1 3.0 2.9 2.9 2.8 2.0 1.9 1.4 0.9
Career Adjusted Point Shares (Best to Worst)
Player 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
Ralph Backstrom 6.7 5.6 4.5 4.2 4.1 3.9 3.9 3.8 3.4 3.1 3.0 2.6 2.1 2.1 1.8 0.0 -0.1
Bob Pulford 92.0 5.6 5.1 4.7 4.3 4.0 3.7 3.6 3.6 3.4 3.3 2.7 2.1 2.0 1.9 1.5 1.4
Shayne Corson 91.9 6.9 6.1 4.8 4.4 4.1 4.0 3.5 2.9 2.6 2.6 2.4 2.4 1.9 1.8 1.6 1.4 1.0 0.9 -0.2
Harry Watson 91.2 5.6 4.5 4.5 4.2 4.1 3.8 3.8 3.5 2.7 2.2 2.1 1.9 1.6 0.7
Murray Oliver 91.2 6.5 5.8 4.9 4.3 4.0 3.9 3.7 3.2 2.8 2.7 2.7 2.1 2.1 2.0 1.7 1.6 0.1
Thomas Steen 90.1 6.7 5.7 5.3 4.9 4.6 4.1 3.6 3.4 3.3 3.1 2.9 2.8 2.5 0.5
Chris Gratton 89.7 6.9 5.8 4.2 4.1 3.8 3.4 3.3 3.0 2.5 2.2 2.2 2.1 1.8 1.3 -0.2
Stu Barnes 88.9 8.3 5.5 4.3 4.3 4.1 3.3 3.2 3.1 3.0 2.9 2.9 2.8 2.0 1.9 1.4 0.9
Dick Duff 88.7 5.8 5.2 4.9 4.7 4.2 4.0 3.7 3.6 2.8 2.8 2.6 1.7 1.6 1.6 0.4 0.3 0.0 -0.1
Martin Gelinas 87.8 7.6 5.7 5.6 5.3 4.6 4.2 4.1 3.4 2.7 2.6 2.6 2.6 2.4 1.9 1.9 1.6 1.6 1.1 0.1
Igor Larionov 87.5 7.2 6.1 5.6 5.4 5.1 4.3 3.9 3.8 3.4 3.1 2.7 2.2 1.6 0.6

Appearances on Leaderboards, Awards, and Honors

Transactions

Transaction information may be incomplete.

January 26, 1971: Traded to Los Angeles by Montreal for Gord Labossiere and Ray Fortin, January 26, 1971.

February 12, 1972: Selected by New England (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972.

February 26, 1973: Traded to Chicago by Los Angeles for Dan Maloney, February 26, 1973.

June, 1973: WHA rights traded to Los Angeles (WHA) by New England (WHA) for cash, June, 1973.

July, 1973: Traded to Chicago (WHA) by Los Angeles (WHA) for cash, July 1973.

May, 1975: Selected by Denver (WHA) from Chicago (WHA) in WHA Expansion Draft, May, 1975.

January 20, 1976: Traded to New England (WHA) by Denver-Ottawa (WHA) with Don Borgeson for cash, January 20, 1976.

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