It’s as good as news can get when it’s about a player on the verge of being forced to hang up his skates. Peter Forsberg looks like he may be forced to retire (finally) due to consistent and troubling injuries. TV6, a Swedish television station reported that he may retire after the previous season with MODO in the Swedish Elite League. Forsberg told TV6, “It’s no good. I have no balance skating. If it continues to be as it is today, I will not continue playing.”
It’s always a bittersweet moment when a player is forced to retire before he is ready, but in this case we can take some satisfaction in knowing one of the most hated (and frustratingly talented) players may finally be done. Let’s take a brief look at his career, as it appears to be coming to an end.
Forsberg appeared in some 706 games, and netted 249 goals, 636 assists and 885 points. He’s got a career +/- of +242, a respectable number to be sure. Although his total points aren’t as sky high as you might think, they are respectable nonetheless, and his 1.254 points per game put him in the top 10 all-time. He was also a member of two NHL Stanley Cup Winning teams with the Colorado Avalanche (1996, 2001), a Hart and Art Ross winner (2003), and multiple All-Star. It’s a significant haul for a talented player, even if many of his trophies came at the expense of our Kings…
Unfortunately (or fortunately for fans of anyone but his Avalanche) his career was cut short as a result of a string of injuries, and this most recent one may be the end of him.
We can conclude by pointing out that we here at RinkRoyalty certainly wish Forsberg the best of luck, just not quite enough to get back to the NHL where he can terrorize our boys. Enjoy retirement Foppa.