Peter Forsberg aka Peter the Great aka Fopa, started his NHL career with the Quebec Nordiques in the 1994-1995 season. When the team was sold to Colorado, he followed, helping lead the Avalanche to win the Stanley Cup in 1996. He continued to be a leading face of the forward team until 2004 taking time to play with Sweden at the Olympics or World Championship. He played with the Flyers for 2 seasons, 2005-’06 and 2006-’07, and with the Predators during the 2006-’07 season. He came back to the Avalanche for the 2007-2008 season. He has battled with many injuries throughout his career but the worst of which was his foot which became the career ender. He then left the NHL until he tried a comeback in February of 2011. This was short lived as he played 2 away games and then announced his retirement the morning of his first home game back on Feb 14th, 2011.
Throughout his career he won 2 Stanley Cups with the Avalanche, 2 World Championships with Sweden and 2 Olympic Gold members with Sweden making him the only Swede to date who has won all three competitions twice. Also to date Forsberg stands 10th all-time in career PPG and 4th all-time in career APG. His NHL stats include 708 games played with a total of 885 points.
On Saturday, October 8th, 2011, the Avalanche open their 16th season against the Detroit Red Wings, the arch rival. Prior to the game there will be a 45 minute retirement ceremony celebrating all the incredible memories he has helped form for the fans and fellow team mates. During the ceremony his jersey will be flown to the rafters where it will join the ranks alongside Joe Sakic, Patrick Roy and Raymond Bourque. This event will be televised on Altitude Network live for all fans to see that can’t be there in person. It was an honor to have such a great player on this team creating all sorts of memories that we can take with us for years to come.