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Peter Forsberg

Born:July 20, 1973Draft:1991 Flyers, #6 overall
Hometown:Ornskoldsvik, SwedenPosition:Center
Known For:Hall of FameShoots:Left
National Team:Sweden

Peter Mattias Forsberg (born July 20, 1973) is a Swedish former professional ice hockey player. Known for his on-ice vision and physical play, Forsberg is considered one of the greatest players of all time. Although his career was shortened by persistent injuries, as of 2020, he stands eighth all-time in career points-per-game and fourth all-time in career assists-per-game in the NHL, only behind Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Bobby Orr. In 2017 Forsberg was named one of the ‘100 Greatest NHL Players’ in history.

Forsberg played 13 years in the National Hockey League (NHL), winning two Stanley Cups with the Colorado Avalanche. He played in five All-Star games and won the Hart Memorial Trophy in 2003. As of the end of the 2019–20 season, he is the eighth-highest all-time Swedish point scorer in the NHL regular season. Before his short-lived comeback season in 2011, Forsberg never had a negative plus-minus rating, giving him an overall career rating of +238.

Representing Sweden in international play, Forsberg competed in four Winter Olympics, two World Cups and five World Championships, as well as one European Junior Championship and two World Junior Championships, where he holds a scoring record of 31 points in seven games. He won four gold medals with Sweden in his career, winning titles at the 1992 and 1998 World Championships and the 1994 and 2006 Winter Olympics. Combined with his two Stanley Cup championships in NHL play, he is a member of the Triple Gold Club and the only Swede who has won each of the three competitions twice. In 2013, he was inducted to the IIHF Hall of Fame, and in 2014, he was elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Peter Forsberg Nordiques
Peter Forsberg with the Quebec Nordiques in his rookie season. (Photo by Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Awards

  • Won the Calder Trophy (best rookie) in 1995 (Quebec Nordiques)
  • Won the Art Ross Trophy (points leader) in 2003 (Colorado Avalanche)
  • Won Hart Memorial Trophy (Most Valuable Player) in 2003 (Colorado Avalanche)
  • Played in the All-Star Game five times (1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003)
  • Member of two Stanley Cup winners in 1996 and 2001 (both Colorado Avalanche)
  • Forsberg’s jersey (#21) retired by Colorado Avalanche in 2011

Peter Forsberg Stats

Peter Forsberg
DENVER – APRIL 9: Peter Forsberg #21 of the Colorado Avalanche breaks away against the Dallas Stars in the third period of game two of the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs at the Pepsi Center on April 9, 2004 in Denver, Colorado. The Avs won 5-2. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

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