Fans of the Colorado Avalanche everywhere were left heart broken on this Valentine’s day as news surfaced of Peter Forsberg’s retirement around 11:50pm EST this morning. Forsberg has been in the spotlight for weeks with fans praying he could help turn the team around and many fans could not help but feel extremely disappointed with the news this morning.
Forsberg played his first NHL game since 2008 Friday night in Columbus which was followed up with a game in Nashville the next night. In those two games he recorded approximately thirty five minutes of ice time, three shots on goal, four penalty minutes and a minus 4 rating.
As teammates were informed of Forsberg’s decision to call it quits they were just as stunned as the fans. In an interview with NHL.com Adam Foote said that he thought Forsberg “looked great” and that he “had the highest compete level on the ice in Columbus, for both teams.”
“Foppa” ends his hockey career ranked 101st in points with 885 in just 708 career games. He spent most of his career within the Colorado Avalanche franchise where he won Stanley Cups in 1996 and 2001. He also played for the Philadelphia Flyers and Nashville Predators from 2005-2006 through the end of 2006-2007 when he was limited to only 57 games due to his chronic foot and ankle issues. The same issues that led to his final decision to retire today.
In his press conference earlier today at the Pepsi Center Forsberg cited his injuries as a main reason for calling it quits as they leave him vulnerable on the ice. Forsberg is leaving the game without any regrets and he will one day, without question, be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
To read more about my personal feelings about Forsberg and his career please head to Put It On Ice.
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