posted on Feb, 28 2004 @ 09:14 PM
Colorado Avalanche center Peter Forsberg is heading back to play ice hockey in his home country next season, according to a Saturday newspaper report
The newspaper Aftonbladet said that because of the likelihood of a prolonged NHL lockout, Forsberg has committed to play next season for MoDo, the
Swedish Elite League team in his hometown of Ornskoldsvik.
Forsberg, the MVP last season, is playing this season under a one-year contract with Colorado, and it has been speculated that he was positioning
himself to have the option to return to play for MoDo during an NHL labor dispute.
During the last NHL lockout in the mid 1990s, scores of European NHL players headed back to their native countries in Sweden, Finland, the Czech
Republic and others. Wayne Gretzky's All-Stars toured Sweden, Finland, Norway and Germany, drawing sellout crowds for exhibitions during the
The 30-year-old Forsberg played four seasons for MoDo before joining the Quebec Nordiques in 1995, following the last NHL work stoppage.
This is bad news for the NHL, Forsberg is arguably the best player in the NHL and it's sad to see him returning to Sweden to play hockey. I hope the
NHL can get its #e together and make sure that there is a season to play next year. Otherwise Forsberg will have many more followers.