Apr 17, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy talks to his team during a timeout during the third period of game one of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Minnesota Wild at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Hockey Hall of Fame Player Profile: Peter Forsberg

Peter Forsberg started out his career in Sweden and was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. In 1992, Forsberg was involved in a monstrous trade that saw Eric Lindros go to Philadelphia while the Flyers gave up 5 players, 2 1st-round draft picks, and $15 million to the Quebec Nordiques.

He played his first season with Quebec in 1994-95 and played in 47 games. The team was then sold and moved to Colorado to become the Colorado Avalanche. Forsberg spent the next 7 seasons in Colorado (including 2001-02 when he was injured for the entire season). Forsberg went back to Sweden to play during the 2004-05 NHL Lockout and then went on to refuse a contract from Colorado and accept one with, you’re right, the Philadelphia Flyers.

He played with the Flyers for 1 1/2 more seasons before he was traded to the Nashville Predators. Forsberg then signed a contract late in the 2007-08 NHL season with the Colorado Avalanche and played in 9 games. After a two-year hiatus in Sweden, Forsberg decided to sign another late contract with Colorado and played in his last two games in the NHL during the 2010-11 season.

For the 2011-12 Season Opener, the Avalanche retired his jersey in the Pepsi Center.

Forsberg played in 708 games in the NHL and had 249 goals, 636 assists, and 885 points. His senior international totals with Sweden include a gold medal in the 2006 Winter Olympics, Gold in the 1998 World Championships, and Gold in the 1992 World Championships. He has numerous other medals and finished with 57 points in 63 games in senior competitions.

He has two Stanley Cup Championships with the Colorado Avalanche to his name (1996, 2001) and was an NHL First All-Start Team Selection 3 times. He won the Calder Memorial Trophy in 1995 and the Hart Memorial trophy in 2003.

Forsberg was a clear selection for the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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