Stars sign Yale standout Backman

Updated: March 30, 2010, 3:25 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

The Dallas Stars signed free agent forward Sean Backman to a one-year deal Tuesday.

Backman is coming off his senior season at Yale, where he scored 21 goals and finished with 35 points in 29 games. His season was cut short after the 23-year-old suffered a broken heel during a fall at a campus swimming pool, which was closed and locked, on Feb. 28.

Backman, who had the heel repaired on March 11, was tied for 13th in the nation in goals this season. The four-time all-Ivy League selection scored 77 career goals and had 122 points at Yale.

Prior to 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.

Richard Durrett covers the Stars for ESPN Dallas. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his weekly mailbag.

Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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