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Forsberg not optimistic about continuing hockey career

TSN.ca Staff

8/13/2010 4:07:53 PM

It appears as though Peter Forsberg's numerous injuries may finally have gotten the best of him. 

In an interview with Swedish television station TV6 following an exhibition game in his home country, the two-time Stanley Cup champion was not optimistic about his chances of continuing to play professional hockey.

"It's no good," Forsberg told TV6.  "I have no balance skating.  If it continues to be as it is today, I will not continue playing."

The 36-year old Forsberg has not played in the NHL since a nine-game stint with the Colorado Avalanche in the 2007-08 season. He has battled injuries throughout his illustrious career, and a recurring foot problem limited him to just 23 games this past year with MODO of the Swedish Elite League.  Despite the injury, he managed to score 11 goals and add 19 assists.

He was healthy enough to skate for his country at the Olympics, however he was largely ineffective, managing a solitary assist in four games as Sweden bowed out early. He helped lead the 'Tre Kronor' to Olympic gold in 1994 and again in 2006.

While Forsberg stated that he was disappointed, he was not ready to completely close the door on his professional career.  He plans to take some time off and then continue training in his home town of Ornskoldsvik.

"We may give it a week," Forsberg told TV6.  "The foot, I can not do anything about the equipment but it could get better."