If you have a breakaway move named in your honor, you’ve clearly done something right.
A member of the 100 Greatest NHL Players, a 2x Stanley Cup winner, a 2x World Champion, a 2x Olympic Gold Medalist and a Hart Trophy winner, Peter Forsberg really has done it all. He was drafted 6th overall in 1991 by the Philadelphia Flyers, but before he could suit up in the orange and black, he was involved in a blockbuster trade to the Quebec Nordiques for superstar holdout, Eric Lindros. Looking back at the results of the trade today, it’s often considered one of the most one-sided deals in NHL history.
Despite being drafted, Forsberg remained in Sweden for the next 3 years, playing for his hometown club Modo Hockey and growing his game. By 1994, Forsberg was widely considered the best player in the world outside of the NHL. Later that year, Forsberg would decide to finally take his talents to the NHL, although his debut was delayed even further by a lockout.
On January 21st, 1995, Forsberg made NHL debut against the team that drafted him – the Philadelphia Flyers. He recorded his first NHL point that night (an assist) while using a Titan stick, Koho gloves, CCM Supra pants and a Jofa helmet.
Before the 1995-96 season, it was revealed that the Quebec Nordiques had been sold and that the franchise had been moved to Denver Colorado – Peter Forsberg was now a member of the Colorado Avalanche. It was a move that he seemed to rather enjoy, participating in all 82 games and posting a career high 116 points. Forsberg added 21 points in 22 playoff games to help the Avalanche secure the Stanley Cup in the first year in their new town.
He picked up his 600th career assist during the 2003-04 season as a member of the Avalanche using an Easton Synergy SL Grip stick, Easton gloves, Easton pants, Bauer Vapor XXX skates and a NikeBauer 7500 helmet. After heading back to Sweden to play for Modo Hockey during the 2004-05 NHL lockout, Forsberg returned to find the Avalanche in some serious salary cap trouble due to freshly established restrictions. He would battle through several injury riddled seasons with the Flyers, Predators and the Avalanche in his later years before finally calling it a career.
In his final game with the Colorado Avalanche in 2010, Forsberg was seen using an Easton Synergy EQ50, Easton Synergy Pro gloves, Easton pants, NikeBauer Vapor XXXX skates and a Bauer 5100 helmet.