Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Peter Forsberg
When Tre Kronor won the gold medal at the 1998 World Championship in Switzerland, the senior coach was Kent Forsberg and the MVP was his son Peter. In spite of his young age, Peter already had to his credit the title of 1996 Stanley Cup winner while playing for the Colorado Avalanche, the 1992 World Championship gold medal and the Olympic title Tre Kronor had won in 1994 in Lillehammer, Norway. It was in that small Norwegian town that Peter Forsberg's star began to shine, and it has been bright ever since.

Forsberg went on to make a name for himself during the final game of the Olympic ice hockey tournament in Lillehammer on February 27, 1994, between the national squads of Sweden and Canada, when he scored the winning goal in a shootout.

A first round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers at the 1991 NHL Entry Draft, Forsberg never suited up for the Flyers instead he was part of the trade which sent the Quebec Nordiques first overall pick in 1991, Eric Lindros to Philadelphia. Forsberg is one of the premier players in the league and has showcased his talents from his first season on. The 1995 Calder Trophy winner as the NHL's top freshman, Forsberg more than double his point total in second year and was instrumental in Colorado's 1996 Stanley Cup victory over the Florida Panthers.

Forsberg continued his strong play over the next two seasons, reprensenting Sweden for the second time at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano before suffering a serious shoulder injury during the 1998-99 season. He underwent surgery in the summer of 1999 and was limited to only 49 regular season games the following season before returning for Colorado's playoff run.

A more serious injury (the removal of his spleen) during the 2001 playoffs caused Forsberg to rethink his career, and just days before the 2001-02 season was to open, he shocked teammates and the hockey world when he announced he was taking a year off, to heal, rest, and replenish his thirst for life in the NHL.

After missing the entire 2001-02 regular season, Forsberg made the announcement that he would be back for the first round of the playoffs. Even after missing the entire regular season Forsberg didn't seem to miss a beat, leading all players in playoff scoring, falling just one game short of leading the Avalanche to their third Stanley Cup Final.

Entering the 2002-03 season Forsberg was looking to build on his playoff success from the previous year and during the last game of the regular season scored three points enabling him to finish two points ahead of fellow Swede and World Junior teammate Markus Naslund to capture his first Art Ross Trophy. A few months later, Forsberg was awarded the Hart Trophy as league MVP.

Coming off his MVP season, Forsberg battled injuries once again in 2003-04, limiting his playing time to a mere 39 regular season games. After Forsberg and his Avalanche teammates were eliminated in the second round of the 2004 Stanley Cup playoffs, he went on to help Team Sweden capture a silver medal at the 2004 World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic and was a member of its 2004 World Cup of Hockey team.

In the summer of 2005, Forsberg was acquired by the team which originaly drafted him, the Philadelphia Flyers. Forsberg appeared in 60 games and tallied 75 points in his first season with the Flyers while capturing a Gold-Medal in the Winter Olympics with Sweden.

The following season Forsberg was named the Philadelphia Flyers 15th Captain in team history after Keith Premeau had announced his retirement earlier that day. The team would suffer early into the season and be faced with the possibility of losing Forsberg to unrestricted free-agency in the off-season.

On February 15, 2007, Forsberg was traded to the Nashville Predators, for Ryan Parent, Scottie Upshall, a first-round pick and third-round draft pick in the 2007 Entry Draft. Despite the high expectations set in Nashville, Forsberg and the Predators were beat in the first round of the playoffs by the San Jose Sharks. The following season, after undergoing off-season foot surgery, Forsberg spent the majority of his 2007-08 year recovering from his injuries. However, just one day prior to the NHL trading deadline, Forsberg signed a one-year deal to return to the Colorado Avalanche for the rest of the season. He put up impressive offensive numbers; 14 points in 9 regular season games, but the Avalanche were eliminated from the playoffs by the rival Detroit Red Wings in the second round.

Forsberg's 2008-09 season was limited to just 3 games with MODO of the Swedish Elite League as injuries to the foot/ankle continued to plague the star centre.

The following season Forsberg was joined on MODO by good friend and countryman, Markus Naslund and appeared in 23 games for the club, sadly, the most he had played in several years. Never lacking in offensive talent, Forsberg compiled 11 goals, 19 assists and 30 points during the regular season and was named to the Swedish Olympic team along the way.

Though the Swedish team failed to repeat their gold medal-winning performance at the 2010 games, Forsberg received the rare honour of being named his country's flag-bearer for the opening ceremonies.

Forsberg began training with the Colorado Avalanche in 2011, testing his foot/ankle to see if it could stand up to the rigors of another NHL campaign. After less than a month of practicing with the club it was announced the dream comeback would become a reality and Forsberg returned to the Avalanche in a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on February 11, 2011. Sadly, the comeback would fall short and Forsberg would appear in just one more game for the Avs before announcing his retirement on February 14, 2011. He would leave the game with the fourth best assist-per-game percentage of all-time behind only the legendary Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Bobby Orr.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1989-90 MoDo HK Ornskoldsvik Jr. Swe-Jr. 30 15 12 27 42
1989-90 MoDo HK Ornskoldsvik Sweden 1 0 1 1 4
1990-91 MoDo HK Ornskoldsvik Jr. Swe-Jr. 39 38 64 102 56
1990-91 MoDo HK Ornskoldsvik Sweden 23 7 10 17 22
1990-91 Sweden EJC-A 6 5 12 17 16
1991-92 MoDo HK Ornskoldsvik Sweden 39 9 18 27 78
1991-92 Sweden WJC-A 7 3 8 11 30
1991-92 Sweden WC-A 8 4 2 6 6
1992-93 MoDo HK Ornskoldsvik Jr. Swe-Jr. 2 0 3 3 4
1992-93 MoDo HK Ornskoldsvik Sweden 39 23 24 47 92 3 4 1 5 0
1992-93 Sweden WJC-A 7 7 24 31 8
1992-93 Sweden WC-A 8 1 1 2 12
1993-94 MoDo HK Ornskoldsvik Sweden 39 18 26 44 82 11 9 7 16 14
1993-94 Sweden Olympics 8 2 6 8 6
1994-95 MoDo HK Ornskoldsvik Sweden 11 5 9 14 20
1994-95 Quebec Nordiques NHL 47 15 35 50 16 +17 6 2 4 6 4
1995-96 Colorado Avalanche NHL 82 30 86 116 47 +26 22 10 11 21 18
1996-97 Sweden W-Cup 4 1 4 5 6
1996-97 Colorado Avalanche NHL 65 28 58 86 73 +31 14 5 12 17 10
1997-98 Colorado Avalanche NHL 72 25 66 91 94 +6 7 6 5 11 12
1997-98 Sweden Olympics 4 1 4 5 6
1997-98 Sweden WC-A 7 6 5 11 0
1998-99 Colorado Avalanche NHL 78 30 67 97 108 +27 19 8 16 24 31
1999-00 Colorado Avalanche NHL 49 14 37 51 52 +9 16 7 8 15 12
2000-01 Colorado Avalanche NHL 73 27 62 89 54 +23 11 4 10 14 6
2001-02 Colorado Avalanche NHL 20 9 18 27 20
2002-03 Colorado Avalanche NHL 75 29 77 106 70 +52 7 2 6 8 6
2002-03 Sweden WC-A 8 4 5 9 6 +5
2003-04 Colorado Avalanche NHL 39 18 37 55 30 +16 11 4 7 11 12
2003-04 Sweden WC-A 2 0 1 1 2 0
2004-05 Sweden W-Cup 4 1 2 3 0 -6
2004-05 MODO Hockey Ornskoldsvik Sweden 33 13 26 39 88 1 0 0 0 2
2005-06 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 60 19 56 75 46 +21 6 4 4 8 6
2005-06 Sweden Olympics 6 0 6 6 0 +1
2006-07 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 40 11 29 40 72 +2
2006-07 Nashville Predators NHL 17 2 13 15 16 +5 5 2 2 4 12
2007-08 Colorado Avalanche NHL 9 1 13 14 8 +7 7 1 4 5 14
2008-09 MODO Hockey Ornskoldsvik Sweden 3 1 2 3 0
2009-10 MODO Hockey Ornskoldsvik Sweden 23 11 19 30 66
2009-10 Sweden Olympics 4 0 1 1 2 0
2010-11 Colorado Avalanche NHL 2 0 0 0 4 -4
NHL Totals 708 249 636 885 690 151 64 107 171 163


WJC-A All-Star Team (1993)
WJC-A - Best Forward (1993)
WC-A All-Star Team (1998)
WC-A - Best Forward (1998) NHL All-Rookie Team (1995)
Calder Memorial Trophy (1995)
NHL First All-Star Team (1998, 1999, 2003)
Bud Light Plus/Minus Award (2003) (tied with Milan Hejduk)
Art Ross Trophy (2003)
Hart Memorial Trophy (2003). Played in NHL All-Star Game (1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003)
Traded to Quebec by Philadelphia with Steve Duchesne, Kerry Huffman, Mike Ricci, Ron Hextall, Philadelphia's 1st round choice (Jocelyn Thibault) in 1993 Entry Draft, $15,000,000 and future considerations (Chris Simon and Philadelphia's 1st round choice (later traded to Toronto - later traded to Washington - Washington selected Nolan Baumgartner) in 1994 Entry Draft, July 21, 1992) for Eric Lindros, June 30, 1992. Transferred to Colorado after Quebec franchise relocated, June 21, 1995.
Missed entire 2001-02 regular due to spleen (May 9, 2001 vs. Los Angeles) and ankle (January 10, 2002 in practive) injuries. Missed majority of 2003-04 due to groin (October 28, 2003 vs. Calgary) and hip (February 16, 2004 vs. Vancouver) injuries. Signed as a free agent by MODO (Sweden), September 18, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, August 3, 2005. Traded to Nashville by Philadelphia for Scottie Upshall, Ryan Parent and Nashville's 1st (later traded back to Nashville - Nashville selected Jonathon Blum) and 3rd (later traded to Washington - Washington selected Phil Desimone) round choices in 2007 Entry Draft, February 15, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Colorado, February 25, 2008. Signed as a free agent by MODO (Sweden), November 16, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Colorado, February 6, 2011. Officially announced his retirement, February 14, 2011.