Colorado to honour Forsberg by retiring shirt

The Colorado Avalanche, the final career port of call for Swedish hockey legend Peter Forsberg, are to honour their former star by making him only the fourth player to have their number retired.

Colorado to honour Forsberg by retiring shirt

The club announced on Thursday that Forsberg, who served the Avalanche in several periods between 1995 until his retirement from the game in 2011, will be honoured at the opening match of the 2011/2012 NHL season against Detroit on October 8th.

Forsberg, known as “Foppa” to Swedish hockey fans, wore the number 21 jersey with distinction at the Denver-based club, playing over 650 times despite suffering a slew of injuries in the latter years of his career.

Peter Forsberg’s jersey will lifted to the rafters of their arena in a pre-game ceremony similar to those for the retirement of jersey numbers 19 for Joe Sakic, 77 for Ray Bourque and 33 for goaltender Patrick Roy.

The burly Swede, a former NHL Most Valuable Player, made a brief comeback with the Avalanche last season but lasted only two games because of a nagging foot

injury that cut short his career.

With Forsberg playing a major role, the Avalanche won Stanley Cup titles in

1996 and 2001. In 708 career NHL games, he scored 249 goals and set up 636


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Sweden’s Rasmus Dahlin first overall pick in NHL draft

Rasmus Dahlin became just the second Swedish-born player to be selected first overall in the NHL draft on Friday when the Buffalo Sabres used the top pick on the rangy teenage defenceman.

Sweden's Rasmus Dahlin first overall pick in NHL draft
Rasmus Dahlin is bound for Buffalo. Photo: Ron Jenkins/Getty Images/AFP
Dahlin, who plays for Frolunda HC in the Swedish league and was widely expected to be the first pick, follows Mats Sundin, who was the top choice of the Quebec Nordiques in 1989.
“I just want everything to start,” Dahlin said. “I'm going to bring everything I have to that city. I'm super excited. I can't wait.”
Russian forward Andrei Svechnikov went second to the Carolina Hurricanes and the Montreal Canadiens used the third pick to get Finnish centre Jesperi Kotkaniemi.
The draft had a decided Europe flavour as four of the top six players were Europeans. The first American was Brady Tkachuk who went to the Ottawa Senators at No. 4 and the Phoenix Coyotes took the first Canadian Barrett Hayton with the fifth pick. 
The 18-year-old Dahlin said he was happy to call Buffalo home despite the fact they haven't had a winning season in the past seven seasons and have missed the playoffs eight years in a row.
“It's amazing to finally put on the Buffalo Sabres' jersey,” Dahlin said. “I've been there twice. I love that city.”
The six-foot-three, 185-pound Dahlin was honoured as the best defenceman at the 2018 world junior championship in Buffalo, registering six assists in seven games. He also played twice for Sweden as a 17-year-old at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
At number six, the Detroit Red Wings chose the brash Halifax Mooseheads winger Filip Zadina who vowed to make teams that passed on him pay down the road.
“I'm telling my agent if they will pass on me, I will fill their net with the puck,” the Czech Zadina said. “Yeah, it's just I want to prove to them that they have done a bad decision.”
The lone trade of the day came before the draft when the Colorado Avalanche acquired backup goalie Philipp Grubauer and defenceman Brooks Orpik from the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals for the 47th pick. The Capitals were willing to get rid of Orpik and Grubauer so they could create salary cap space to sign free agents.