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Biography

Peter Mattias "Foppa" Forsberg (born July 20, 1973 in Örnsköldsvik, Västernorrlands län, Sweden) is a professional ice hockey player from Sweden. He is currently a center for the Colorado Avalanche. Forsberg is 6'0" in height, and 205 pounds in weight. His father, Kent Forsberg, is a former manager for MoDo Hockey and the Swedish National Team. Peter played for MoDo in the NHL-lockout season.

Playing career

Peter Forsberg is one of the most recognized faces in Sweden and in hockey. He is the only Swedish hockey player to win the Stanley Cup and Olympic Hockey Gold twice, and he is currently only 32 years of age. He played for his hometown team MoDo Hockey in Sweden during the 2004-05 NHL lockout, before that he was one of the top players in the NHL with the Colorado Avalanche. He planned his return to his homeland even before the current NHL labor dispute turned into a full-fledged lockout. When the NHL resolved its labor dispute he ended up signing with the Philadelphia Flyers for 11.7 million dollars over two years, turning down an offer of 13.5 million dollars over four years to play with the Colorado Avalanche.

Peter Forsberg has been named the World Hockey Player of the Year for 2005 according to Pro Hockey, a National Hockey League publication based in Europe. The award was decided by a jury of 15 international hockey journalists and players, which presents a top-100 list of the world’s best players at the end of every year.

Forsberg is recognized as one of the NHL's top players both offensively and defensively, and thus as one of the top stars in the league. He is especially noted for his incredible strength on his skates and how difficult it can be to knock him down. This tenacity is contrasted by Forsberg's tendency, especially in his younger years, to take dives when facing physical players (earning him the nickname "Floppa".) His greatest weakness is a tendency to get injured. He has not played a full NHL season since the 1995-1996 season, and he missed the entire 2001-2002 regular season due to a variety of injuries. In addition, it was announced in May 2006, Forsberg would have to have surgery to correct a condition in both his feet, and would be out of action until approximately January 2007.

From a young age, Forsberg was recognized as a top athlete. At age 15, Swedish hockey officials made a video of Forsberg, showing off his superior agility and vertical leap. He played junior hockey with MoDo Hockey, debuting in 1989. After playing 23 games with the senior club in 1991, he was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers with the 6th pick of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft.

The first pick of that same draft, Eric Lindros would be permanently connected to Forsberg when, with Eric having refused to sign with the Quebec Nordiques, they traded him, on June 30, 1992. The Nordiques gave Lindros to the Flyers in exchange for Forsberg, Ron Hextall, Steve Duchesne, Kerry Huffman, Chris Simon, Mike Ricci, two first round draft picks, and $15,000,000 cash. Many consider this trade to be the foundation of the Nordiques-turned-Colorado Avalanche's pair of Stanley Cup-winning teams. Indeed, many have suggested that Forsberg, by himself, has had a better, more valuable career than Eric Lindros, and so this trade is frequently listed as one of the all-time most lopsided deals in NHL history.

Forsberg remained in Sweden, playing for MoDo for the next 2 years, where he starred. In 1994, he led the Swedes to a gold medal in the Winter Olympics, scoring the winning goal of the penalty shootout that decided the gold medal game. An image of Forsberg scoring this goal was later placed on a Swedish postage stamp, making Peter the only hockey player so far to be placed on a Swedish stamp. Forsberg's famous move on Canadian goaltender Corey Hirsch has become so iconic in hockey that efforts to reproduce it inevitably draw references to Forsberg from hockey commentators.

Forsberg first played in the NHL in the 1994-1995 season. He was an instant success, scoring 50 points in the strike-shortened season, and winning the Calder Trophy. In 1995, the Nordiques moved to Colorado and became the Avalanche. Forsberg played a large role in the team's success in their first year in Denver. He scored 116 points in the regular season, and 21 points in 22 games during the playoffs, helping the Avalanche defeat the Florida Panthers to win the Stanley Cup.

Forsberg continued to star in the league, although the Avalanche failed to win the cup again in their next few tries. In 1999, he led all players in scoring in the playoffs, but the Avalanche were defeated by the Dallas Stars, who would go on to win their first Stanley Cup. Defeat came again in 2000, despite the acquisition of Ray Bourque. However, in 2001, the Avalanche would win their second Stanley Cup. This victory was somewhat bittersweet for Forsberg, though. After the Avalanche defeated the Los Angeles Kings in the second round of the playoffs, Forsberg had to have his spleen removed and would not play again in the playoffs. He decided to take the entire next season off to recuperate, and only returned for the playoffs, which he again led in scoring with 27 points, but again with his team losing before the Stanley Cup Finals, this time to the Detroit Red Wings.

2002-2003 was a banner year for Forsberg. Much healthier and more rested than he had been in the previous few years, he went on to lead the league with 106 points, and was rewarded with the Hart Memorial Trophy. Despite this regular-season glory, the Avalanche lost to the underdog Minnesota Wild in the playoffs.

Forsberg played for his hometown team MoDo Hockey in Sweden during the 2004-05 NHL lockout. He had planned a return to his homeland even before the NHL labor dispute turned into a full-fledged lockout. When the NHL resolved its labor dispute, he ended up signing with the Philadelphia Flyers for $11.7 million over two years, turning down an offer of $13.5 million over four years to return to the Colorado Avalanche.

Forsberg was named the World Hockey Player of the Year for 2005 according to Pro Hockey, a National Hockey League publication based in Europe. The award was decided by a jury of 15 international hockey journalists and players, which presents a top-100 list of the world's best players at the end of every year. In 2006, Forsberg was named the 9th-best player in the world by the same magazine.

On September 14, 2006, Forsberg became the 15th Captain in Philadelphia Flyers history. He was named Captain by the Flyers organization after Keith Primeau announced his retirement from hockey earlier in the day.

During the 2006-07 season, Forsberg had several discussions with Flyers management, but refused to sign a new contract with the club, claiming that he wasn't sure he would continue to play hockey the next season. He maintained that he would evaluate the situation the next summer, when he also would become a free agent, and would not sign or even ponder any contracts until then.

On February 15, 2007, Forsberg was traded to the Nashville Predators for Ryan Parent, Scottie Upshall, and a first- and third-round draft pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Forsberg is well-known in Sweden by the nickname "Foppa", a Swedish hypocoristic of his last name.

Awards

Statistics

                                            --- Regular Season ---  ---- Playoffs ----
Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM
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1990-91  Modo Hockey Ornskoldsvik    SEL    23    7   10   17   22
1991-92  Modo Hockey Ornskoldsvik    SEL    39    9   19   28   78
1992-93  Modo Hockey Ornskoldsvik    SEL    39   23   24   47   92
1993-94  Modo Hockey Ornskoldsvik    SEL    39   18   26   44   82
1994-95  Modo Hockey Ornskoldsvik    SEL    11    5    9   14   20  --  --  --  --  --
1994-95  Quebec Nordiques            NHL    47   15   35   50   16   6   2   4   6   4
1995-96  Colorado Avalanche          NHL    82   30   86  116   47  22  10  11  21  18
1996-97  Colorado Avalanche          NHL    65   28   58   86   73  14   5  12  17  10
1997-98  Colorado Avalanche          NHL    72   25   66   91   94   7   6   5  11  12
1998-99  Colorado Avalanche          NHL    78   30   67   97  108  19   8  16  24  31
1999-00  Colorado Avalanche          NHL    49   14   37   51   52  16   7   8  15  12
2000-01  Colorado Avalanche          NHL    73   27   62   89   54  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   7   2   6   8   6
2003-04  Colorado Avalanche          NHL    39   18   37   55   30  11   4   7  11  12
2004-05  Modo Hockey Ornskoldsvik    SEL    33   13   26   39   88   1   0   0   0   2
2005-06  Philadelphia Flyers         NHL    60   19   56   75   46   6   4   4   8   6
2006-07  Philadelphia Flyers         NHL    40   11   29   40   72  --  --  --  --  --
2006-07  Nashville Predators         NHL    17    2   13   15   16  
2006-07  TOTAL                       NHL    57   13   42   55   88  
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         NHL Totals                        697  248  623  871  678 133  57  97 154 131

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Peter Forsberg

Forsberg Preds

Position: Center

Team: Nashville Predators

Uniform Number: 21

Years in League: 11

Age: 32

Height: 6-1

Weight: 205 lbs.

Shoots: Left

College/Junior Team: MoDo (Sweden)

Selection: Round 1, #6 overall, 1991 NHL Entry Draft

Drafted By: Philadelphia Flyers

NHL Debut: 1994-95

Salary: $5,750,000

Date of Birth: July 20, 1973

Place of Birth: Ornskoldsvik, Sweden

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