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Sweden's Peter Forsberg retires from ice hockey

AFP/The Local · 14 Feb 2011, 19:00

Published: 14 Feb 2011 19:00 GMT+01:00

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"I'm ready to retire," an emotional Forsberg told reporters at a press conference on Monday.

"It feels like it's the right time."

The news comes three days after Forsberg ended a three-year hiatus from the NHL. He played only two games for the Avalanche, a 5-3 loss on Saturday at Nashville and a 3-1 loss at Columbus last Friday.

Forsberg led the Avalanche to two Stanley Cup titles and won the NHL Most Valuable Player award, the Hart Trophy, in 2003.

But a nagging right foot injury pushed him out of the NHL in 2008. He had been skating and working out with teams in his homeland and last month made a bid to return to the NHL.

In reflecting on his career, Forsberg had a hard time picking out the most significant highlights.

In terms of international play, he cited the Olympic gold medal he picked up as a member of Sweden's national team, Tre Kronor, at the 2006 Olympics in Turin as perhaps "the win that I felt the most in my heart".

A tearful Forsberg added that the fans in Colorado would remember him as "a player who always gave everything he had" on the ice.

In 708 career NHL games, Forsberg scored 249 goals and set up 636 others.

He took one shot against Columbus and two against Nashville, spending just over 17 minutes on the ice in each game. He was called for two penalties at Nashville.

Glen Sather, the coach of the Calgary Flames, who are set to take on Colorado, told the TT news agency that Forsberg’s play at the weekend likely played a decisive role in his decision to retire.

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“He came back, testing things, and probably wasn’t satisfied with the results. He was gone a few years before he came back and the older you get, the harder it is.”

Sather called Forsberg and “extraordinary” player, who likely made the decision “from the heart”.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

21:39 February 14, 2011 by Rolle
So long, Foppa. Thank You for Lillehammer!!
23:05 February 14, 2011 by Smiling Canuk
He was a good player and had a great career, but now is the time to hang up the skates. There are and will continue to be many superb Swedish hockey players in the NHL.
23:28 February 14, 2011 by Grant Wire
The head coach of the Calgary Flames isn't Glenn Sather, it's Brent Sutter.

Glenn Sather is the President of the New York Rangers; he used to coach the Edmonton Oilers who, historically, are the Flames' biggest rival.

Nice fact-checking :(
10:06 February 15, 2011 by roaringchicken92
Those two games he played earned him another technical year of service and thus a larger pension from the NHL. So long to a great player and always one of the smartest on (and off) the ice.
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