Peter Forsberg

Peter Forsberg

Infobox Ice Hockey Player

image_size =
position = Center
shoots = Left
height_ft = 6
height_in = 0
weight_lb = 205
team = Free agent
league = NHL
nationality = Sweden
birth_date = birth date and age|1973|7|20
birth_place = Örnsköldsvik, SWE
career_start = 1990
draft = 6th overall
draft_year = 1991
draft_team = Philadelphia Flyers
former_teams = Colorado Avalanche
Nashville Predators
Philadelphia Flyers
Quebec Nordiques
Audio|sv-Peter_Forsberg.ogg|Peter Mattias Forsberg (born July 20, 1973) is a Swedish professional ice hockey center who is currently a free agent in the National Hockey League (NHL).

Forsberg is widely considered to be among the greatest two-way players of all time, known for his prolific offensive skills as well as his tenacious defensive play. His 17-year professional career includes 11 years in the National Hockey League (NHL), where he won two Stanley Cups and numerous individual honors. Internationally, with the Swedish national men's ice hockey team, he won two World Championships and two Olympic hockey gold medals. He is a member of the Triple Gold Club and the only Swede of the three players who have won the three competitions twice.cite web | title=Triple Gold Club | | url= | accessdate=2006-12-12|format=PDF] As of the end of the 2007–08 NHL season, he is the third-highest all-time Swedish point scorer in the NHL regular season.cite web |title =HHOF Records and Rankings -- Countries|url =|publisher =Hockey Hall of Fame|accessdate =]

He played most of his career with the National Hockey League's Colorado Avalanche and Elitserien's MODO Hockey, his hometown club.

Early and personal life

Peter Forsberg is the son of Kent Forsberg, who was the former coach for MODO Hockey and the Swedish national team.Fact|date=July 2007 Peter Forsberg has been coached by his father for a significant part of his career: the two teamed up from 1991 to 1994 in MODO Hockey, later for the national team in the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, then for the 1998 Olympic ice hockey tournament, and for the 1998 World Championship, which Sweden won. They also own a Swedish development company named Forspro Company. The company co-funded the MoDo Hockey team's new Swedbank Arena in Örnsköldsvik.cite web | title=Swedish Finals: Modo mines championship gold | | url= | accessdate=2007-04-19]

Independent of his father, Peter Forsberg also owns a company—Pforce AB—that imports and markets Crocs shoes in his native Sweden since 2005. [cite web | title=Om Crocs | publisher=Pforce AB | language=Swedish | url= | year=2006 | accessdate=2007-04-21] Forsberg is also interested in harness racing, and owns or has owned a few racing horses during the years, including "Tsar d' Inverne" and "Adrian Chip". [cite news |title=Hambletonian Biographies 1|url=|publisher =Harness Link|date =2007-08-02|accessdate =2008-01-31] He has also invested money in a golf course named Veckefjärdens Golf Club in his native Örnsköldsvik. [cite web | author=Andersson, Hasse | title=Välkommen till FOPPALAND | publisher=Aftonbladet | language=Swedish | url=,2789,537124,00.html | date=2004-09-23 | accessdate=2007-04-21]

Forsberg and fellow Swede Markus Näslund founded Icebreakers, an organization that brings together professional ice hockey players for exhibition games to raise money for charities.cite news |title =Star-studded Icebreakers play summer hockey for a cause|url =|author =Meltzer, Bill|publisher =NHL|date =2007-08-01|accessdate =2007-08-02]

Forsberg's idol while growing up was Håkan Loob. [cite web |title =1 on 1:Peter Forsberg|url =|publisher =SportSkool|accessdate =2007-07-14]

Playing career


Forsberg debuted in 1989 with the junior squad of MODO Hockey, the club of his hometown Örnsköldsvik. During the course of the season, he debuted with the senior team that played in the Elitserien, the highest-level professional ice hockey league in Sweden, and scored an assist in his only game. In 1990–91, he scored 102 points in 39 games with the junior team and 17 points in 23 games with the senior team.

At the end of the season, Forsberg was drafted sixth overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. The draft pick was surprising because Forsberg was expected to be selected later in the draft. The Hockey News had ranked Forsberg as the 25th best draft prospect in its 1991 draft preview, saying he was a "a solid second rounder who could move into the first".cite news |title =Small towns: Big Entry - Draft Legacies |url =|author =Meltzer, Bill|publisher =NHL|date =2006-06-23|accessdate =2007-07-14] The pick was criticized by the Philadelphia media, prompting Flyers' General Manager Russ Farwell and the team's chief European scout to reply that time would prove them right.

Eric Lindros was the main attraction of the draft. He was drafted first overall by the Quebec Nordiques but refused to sign a contract and, on advice from his mother, began a holdout that lasted over a year. On June 30 1992, Peter Forsberg was included in a deal that sent five players, two first round draft picks, and US$15 million to the Quebec Nordiques in exchange for Eric Lindros.cite web |title =Peter Forsberg profile|url =|publisher =National Hockey League|accessdate =2007-07-13] In hindsight, the Lindros trade is seen as one of the most one-sided deals in sports history, [cite news |title =The List: Readers Pick Most Lopsided Trades|url =|publisher =ESPN|accessdate =2007-07-11] and the deal became a major foundation for the Nordiques/Avalanche franchise's success over the next decade. [cite news |title =The trade that keeps giving|url =|author =Wharnsby, Tim|publisher =The Sporting News|date =2002-09-02|accessdate =2002-07-11]

Forsberg remained in Sweden, playing for MODO for the following three years. In 1993 the team was eliminated in the playoffs quarterfinals against Malmö, and Forsberg won the Golden Puck for best Swedish ice hockey player of the year and the Golden Helmet for most valuable player of the Elitserien, an award decided by the players.cite web |title =MoDo Hockey - Hockey factory|url =|publisher =|accessdate =2007-07-14] He won both prizes again in 1994, when, after barely making the playoffs, he led his team to their first final since winning the Elitserien in 1979. In a five game series again against Malmö, Forsberg scored in overtime in game two to put his team one win away from the title. However, he suffered from the flu, and MODO lost the remaining games of the series and the title.cite news |title =Finding Forsberg|url =|author =Adelson, Eric|publisher =ESPN Magazine|date =|accessdate =2007-07-14] By this point, Forsberg was thought to be the best player in the world outside the NHL.cite news |title =No label for Forsberg, just greatness|url =|author =Coffey, Phil|publisher =NHL|date =2003-03-13|accessdate =2007-07-14]

During the summer of 1994, Forsberg decided to play in the NHL after he signed a contract with the Quebec Nordiques in October 1993. The contract was a four-year deal worth $6.5 million, including $4.275 million given as a signing bonus.cite news |title =The Cold Wars - Flashback|url =|author =Farber, Michael|publisher =Sports Illustrated|date =1994-03-07|accessdate =2007-07-14] [cite news |title =The young and the restless - hockey prospects|url =|author =Gordon, Jeff|publisher =The Sporting News|date =1994-12-19|accessdate =2007-07-14] However, a lockout delayed his NHL debut until 1995, and Forsberg returned to MODO to play 11 more games before going back to North America.


After the lockout ended, the 1994–95 NHL season began on 21 January 1995. That was the day Forsberg made his NHL debut against the Philadelphia Flyers where he recorded his first NHL assist. His first NHL goal came six days later against the Buffalo Sabres.Fact|date=July 2007 His rookie season in the NHL was very good—Forsberg was able to combine a good offensive performance with responsibility in defence as well as physical play.cite news |title =TSN's NHL awards - The Sporting News' 1995 hockey awards|url =|author =|publisher =The Sporting News|date =1995-05-29|accessdate =2007-07-14] He scored 50 points (15 goals and 35 assists) in 47 games, including a 14-game run in which he scored 26 points and was second in scoring for the Nordiques, behind Joe Sakic. He missed only one game, due to the flu.cite news |title =Mamma Mia! If Colorado, last season's Stanley Cup winner, is going to take it all, they'll have to do it without Peter Forsberg, whose latest injury might just be the Avs' Waterloo|url =|author =Dater, Adrian|publisher =Hockey Digest|date =April 2002|accessdate =2007-07-14] The Nordiques won the Northeast Division and had the second best record of the regular season but lost in the first playoff round against the New York Rangers. At the end of the season, Forsberg won the Calder Memorial Trophy for best rookie in the season and was elected to the NHL All-Rookie Team.

On 1 July 1995, it became official that the Nordiques' owner Marcel Aubut had sold the team to the COMSAT Entertainment Group, which moved the franchise to Denver, Colorado.cite web |title =Miscellaneous/Community/Altitude|url =|publisher =Colorado Avalanche|accessdate =2007-06-17|format=PDF] The franchise was presented as the Colorado Avalanche on August 10 1995.

Forsberg was on a team that included center and captain Joe Sakic, defenceman Adam Foote and, in the near future, Vezina and Conn Smythe Trophy winner Patrick Roy. In its first year in Denver, the Avalanche won the Stanley Cup after finishing the regular season with the second best league record and winning the Pacific Division. Forsberg scored 116 points in the regular season (30 goals, 86 assists) and 21 more in the playoffs (10 goals, 11 assists). Forsberg finished second in points standings in team and fifth overall in the league in the regular season and post season. During game two of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Florida Panthers, Forsberg scored three goals in a period and became the sixth player in NHL history to do so.cite news |title =Forsberg rises for Avalanche|url =|author =Wolf, Mark|publisher =Milwaukee Journal Sentinel|date =1996-06-09|accessdate =2007-07-14] Not only was the 1995–96 NHL season Forsberg's highest scoring season, but it would also be the only NHL season in which he played in all his team's games.

In the 1996–97 season, Forsberg played in only 65 regular season games and 14 of Colorado's 17 playoff games due to a bruised thigh. But he recorded 86 points (28 goals, 58 assists) as Colorado earned its first Presidents' Trophy and the third consecutive division title for the franchise. On March 16 1997, Forsberg participated in his only fight in his NHL career against Detroit Red Wings winger Martin Lapointe. [cite web |title =Peter Forsberg Fight Card|url =|publisher|accessdate =2007-07-17] The fight occurred 10 days before the famous Red Wings-Avalanche brawl. In the playoffs, Colorado lost in the Conference Finals against Detroit; Forsberg scored 17 points (5 goals, 12 assists).

In 2001, the Avalanche won their second Stanley Cup. After the Avalanche defeated the Los Angeles Kings in the second round of the playoffs, Forsberg had to have his spleen removed and could not play again in the playoffs. Based on doctors' advice and his overall deteriorated health, he decided to take the following season off to recuperate. He returned for the playoffs, though, and he again led the playoffs in scoring with 27 points, but his team lost to the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference finals.

2002–03 was a banner year for Forsberg. Much healthier and more rested than he had been in the previous few years, he went on to lead the league with 106 points, for which he was awarded the Art Ross Trophy, as well as the Hart Memorial Trophy for league MVP. The Avalanche lost to the underdog Minnesota Wild in the playoffs.


Peter Forsberg returned to MODO Hockey during the 2004–05 NHL lockout. He had signed a one-year contract even before the confirmation of the cancellation of the 2004–05 NHL season.cite news |title =Forsberg says he'll play for Modo, even if lockout ends|url =|author =Associated Press|publisher =USA Today|date =2004-09-20|accessdate =2007-08-02] Coached by his father and together with NHL players Henrik and Daniel Sedin and Markus Näslund, [cite news |title =Europe welcomes locked out NHL players|url =|author =Associated Press|publisher =USA Today|date =2004-09-21|accessdate =2007-08-02] Forsberg played only 33 of MODO's 50 regular season games because of surgery he had after dislocating his left wrist and breaking a bone in the hand.cite news |title =Broken hand sidelines Forsberg|url =|author =Associated Press|publisher =CBC Sports|date =2005-01-22|accessdate =2007-07-31] He scored 39 points (13 goals and 26 assists) and finished eleventh in the scoring leaders race, tied with the eighth.cite web |title =Swedish Elitserien 2004–05|url =|publisher =HockeyNut|accessdate =2007-08-02] MODO finished sixth in the regular season and lost in the first round of the playoffs against Färjestads BK in a six game series in which Forsberg only played one game.

After the end of the season and with the return of the NHL, Forsberg returned to North America. The implementation of a salary cap was a blow to the Colorado Avalanche, one of the highest spenders of the league, [cite news |title =Winners, losers, undecided in wake of free-agent frenzy|url =|author =Goldstein, Wes|publisher =CBS Sportsline|date =2005-08-31|accessdate =2007-03-25] who were forced to let go of Forsberg and Adam Foote to save room in the cap for Joe Sakic and Rob Blake. [cite news |title =Sakic, Blake to stay; Forsberg, Foote up in air|url =|author =|publisher =Associated Press|date =2005-07-26|accessdate =2007-03-25] He refused a four-year, $13.5 million offer from the Avalanche before signing a two-year, $11.5 million contract with the Philadelphia Flyers. [cite news |title =Flyers sign Forsberg to two-year deal|url =|author =Associated Press|publisher =ESPN|date =2005-08-03|accessdate =2007-08-02]

Before the season start, he had surgery to remove a bursa sac from his right ankle.cite news |title =Forsberg Surgery Successful|url =|author =|publisher =Philadelphia Flyers|date =2005-09-12|accessdate =2007-08-02] He debuted with the Flyers on October 5 in a game against the New York Rangers. He scored two assists in his first game and 12 in his first six. Despite only playing 60 games, mostly because of a groin injury,cite web |title =Peter Forsberg profile|url =|publisher =TSN|accessdate =2007-07-14] he scored 75 points (19 goals and 56 assists) and the Flyers lost in the first round of the playoffs against the Buffalo Sabres.

After the end of the season, he had surgery on his right ankle and foot to correct deformities because of an abnormal arch that caused him to stretch his ankle tendons. [cite news |title =Forsberg surgery could keep him out until January|url =|author =Gormley, Chuck|publisher =USA Today|date =2006-05-11|accessdate =2007-08-03] He was expected to have the same surgery done on his left foot and to be sidelined until January, but a doctor considered he did not need it and he was ready to play by the start of the 2006–07 NHL season. [cite news |title =Forsberg could return for start of Flyers season|url =|author =Gelston, Dan|publisher =USA Today|date =2006-07-12|accessdate =2007-08-03]

On September 14, 2006 Forsberg became the Flyers fifteenth captain in team history, after Keith Primeau retired. [cite news |title =Peter Forsberg Named Flyers Captain|url =|author =|publisher =Philadelphia Flyers|date =2006-09-14|accessdate =2007-08-02] The season was troubled for him: as the Flyers were having their worst season ever, Forsberg had not fully recovered from his right foot problems and had doubts about his future. [cite news |title =Future murky for Forsberg|url =|author =Associated Press|publisher =The Globe and Mail|date =2007-01-27|accessdate =2007-08-02] With his contract ending at the end of the season and with no commitment on Forsberg's part to signing a new contract or to retire, on February 15, 12 days before the trade deadline, the Flyers traded him to the Nashville Predators, in exchange for Ryan Parent, Scottie Upshall, and Nashville's first and third round pick at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.cite news |title =Acquiring Forsberg 'a huge deal' for Preds|url =|author =Associated Press|publisher =ESPN|date =2007-02-20|accessdate =2007-08-02] The Predators "believed it [the deal] was a necessary ingredient to give us that much better a chance to compete for the Stanley Cup". At the Predators' last regular season game, Forsberg returned to Denver for the first time since leaving the Colorado Avalanche. He assisted on Paul Kariya's game winning goal that eliminated the chances the Avalanche had of progressing to the playoffs, the first time ever the team failed to do so. [cite news |title =Predators 4, Avalanche 2|url =|author =Associated Press|publisher =NHL|date =2007-04-07|accessdate =2007-08-02] The Predators lost in the first round of the playoffs against the San Jose Sharks, with Forsberg scoring four points in the five game series. Forsberg had an average of less than one point per game in the regular season for the first time in his career and for the second time in the playoffs.

For most of the 2007–08 season, Forsberg was an unrestricted free agent and said that he would not return to the NHL. He had surgery on his foot and was waiting to see if he was in condition to play. [cite news |title =Finding what fits for Sutter, Yashin, Forsberg|url =|author =Burnside, Scott|publisher =ESPN|date =2007-07-19|accessdate =2007-08-02] He said that in Europe, he would only play for MODO Hockey, and in the NHL he would probably play for one of his former three clubs. On February 25, 2008, Forsberg signed a contract with the Colorado Avalanche for the rest of the 2007–08 season. [ [ Colorado Avalanche - News: Forsberg Returns to Avalanche - 02/25/2008 ] ]

Peter's first game back with the Avalanche was on March 4, 2008, at the Pepsi Center against Vancouver. However, he was sidelined after just three games on March 9, 2008 due to a groin injury sustained in the game on March 8. He was listed by the club as day-to-day. [ [ Forsberg day-to-day with groin injury - ] ] On April 1st, against Vancouver, he scored his first goal of the season in Colorado's penultimate regular season game.

Coming back from a 10 month break Peter still managed to place himself first among all NHL players in terms of average-points-per-game (ppg) during the 2007–08 regular season. With an average of 1.56 ppg in 9 games he placed himself on top over the scoring league winner Alexander Ovechkin with the second highest average of 1.37 ppg, although Ovechkin achieved his in 82 games. [ [ - Stats ] ]

International play

Played for Sweden in:

* 1992 World Championships (gold medal)
* 1993 World Championships (silver medal)
* 1994 Winter Olympics (gold medal)
* 1996 World Cup of Hockey (bronze medal)
* 1998 Winter Olympics
* 1998 World Championships (gold medal)
* 2003 World Championships (silver medal)
* 2004 World Cup of Hockey
* 2004 World Championships (silver medal)
* 2006 Winter Olympics (gold medal)

Peter Forsberg has played in 13 competitions for the Swedish national men's hockey team senior team and three competitions as a junior. After debuting on the European Junior Ice Hockey Championships in 1991 , he played in the World Junior Championships in 1992 where scored 11 points in seven games as Sweden won silver medal. He became a World Champion in 1992, when Sweden won the Ice Hockey World Championships. In 1994, he led the Swedes to a gold medal in the Winter Olympics, scoring the winning goal of the penalty shootout that decided the gold medal game. Forsberg's "one hand, slide in" goal, a move which he borrowed from retired Swedish ice hockey player Kent Nilsson, has become popular in today's NHL. Dallas Stars forward Jussi Jokinen is known for pulling off the move numerous times in a season; some hockey commentators call it "The Paralyzer" but Forsberg claims he has never heard it called that before. An image of Forsberg scoring this goal was later placed on a Swedish postage stamp, making Peter the first hockey player to be placed on a Swedish stamp.cite web | title=Flyers sign Forsberg to two-year deal | | url= | accessdate=2006-12-12] [cite web | title=Stamp of Peter Forsberg at "Postmuseum Online"| publisher=Posten | language=Swedish | url= | date= | accessdate=2007-04-21] The second player and so far only one besides Forsberg to be printed on a Swedish postage stamp is Toronto Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin. [cite web | title=Stamp of Mats Sundin at "Postmuseum Online"| publisher=Posten | language=Swedish | url= | date= | accessdate=2007-04-21] Forsberg's famous move on Canadian goaltender Corey Hirsch (who refused to be shown on the stamp) [cite web | author= | title=Hirsch till Sverige | publisher=Aftonbladet | language=Swedish | url=,2789,654701,00.html | date=2005-06-02 | accessdate=2007-04-21] has become so iconic in hockey that efforts to reproduce it inevitably draw references to Forsberg from hockey commentators.

In October 2007, it was announced that Forsberg would be playing for the Swedish national team in the Karjala Cup, [cite news |title =Forsberg joins with Swedish national team|url =|author =Canadian Press|publisher =TSN|date =2007-10-29|accessdate =2007-11-03] though he was forced to withdraw from the team after just one practice session after experiencing continued problems with his ankle.

Career statistics

As of the end of the 2007–08 NHL season.

Regular season and playoffs

tyle of play

quote="He's such an unselfish player. He's one of those players who would rather make a pretty play and feed somebody else for the goal than score himself."
source=Former coach Marc Crawford|
Peter Forsberg is a star forward, with "outstanding" playmaking skills and "great vision" and "possesses an excellent combination of skill and physical play". He was once considered by some as the best two-way player in the world. [cite news |title = How could underdog Sweden win the Olympic title again? Let us count the ways |url =|author =Farber, Michael|publisher =CNN Sports Illustrated|date =1998-02-04|accessdate =2007-07-14] He is capable of combining physical play and hits with skill and is responsible offensively and defensively. Said to have a "Wayne Gretzky-like" passing touch, he has been complimented by journalists and players for making the players around him better. [cite news |title =Recap - Predators 6, Kings 3|url =|author =Associated Press|publisher =NHL|date =2007-03-03|accessdate =2007-07-14]

Injury proneness

Forsberg's style of play has led him to deal with several severe injuries. It has been said in the press that he is injury prone because he did not soften his game as he got older. [cite news |title =An early look at the top of next summer's free-agent market|url =|author =Allen, Kevin|publisher =USA Today|date =2006-11-23|accessdate =2007-07-17] In 12 seasons as an NHL player, Forsberg missed an entire regular season and played in less than 90% of regular season games in seven other seasons.


At the end of the 2007–08 NHL season, Peter Forsberg was the third-highest all-time Swedish point scorer in the NHL regular season.


* Forsberg at the 1993 World Junior Championships set an all time tournament record with 31 points in only seven games. Also, he ranks first in career points among tournament scorers with 42 points (10 goals and 32 assists).

* With his second Olympic Gold in 2006 he became the third player in history to have enough titles to join the Triple Gold Club twice (the others being Vyacheslav Fetisov and Igor Larionov).



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* = Hatcher served as interim captain during the 2005–06 season in Primeau's absence due to injury.

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