Former Flyer Forsberg to Return to NHL

Published on February 6th, 2011

 

Peter Forsberg, who played 100 regular season games for the Philadelphia Flyers from 2005 to 2007, will be returning to the NHL after a 2 ½ year absence from the NHL.  He played in Sweden from 2008 to 2010.  He has signed a contract to play with the Colorado Avalanche, the team he is most familiar with.  He won Stanley Cups with them in 1996 and 2001 and played for the Avalanche franchise for 10 of his 12 seasons in the NHL. 

The Philadelphia Flyers originally drafted Forsberg in 1991.  He was the 6th overall pick.  He was involved in the Eric Lindros trade in June of 1992 though and did not skate a shift for the orange and black until 2005.  He scored 115 points for the Flyers on 30 goals and 85 assists.  He also scored 4 goals and 4 assists in 6 playoff games for the team.  He was the team’s captain during the 2006-07 season until his trade to the Nashville Predators in February of 2007.  Much of his time in Philadelphia was plagued by injuries, mainly foot and groin problems. 

Forsberg has compiled a total of 249 goals and 636 assists for 885 points in 706 NHL games.   He also won gold medals with the Swedish hockey team in the 1994 and 2006 Winter Olympics besides his two Stanley Cups .  He scored the gold medal winning shoot-out goal in 1994.  He is considered a lock to one day be a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. 

 

Cover of Center Ice issue from October of 2005

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