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Statements On Peter Forsberg

by Staff Writer / Colorado Avalanche
NHL Commissioner

Gary Bettman

"Peter Forsberg is a fierce competitor, a champion, a global star who has been completely committed to our game.  We will miss seeing him on the ice."

Avalanche Owner
Mr. E. Stanley Kroenke

“Peter Forsberg’s career speaks for itself.  He excelled at every level.  Winning the Stanley Cup in 2001 was an extraordinary accomplishment for Peter and the entire franchise, one we will always cherish.  It was a privilege for me and all Colorado Avalanche fans to watch Peter perform at such an elite level for so many great seasons. He always represented our organization in a first-class manner, and we are certain he will have continued success off the ice.”

Avalanche President
Pierre Lacroix

“Peter Forsberg was one of the elite players of his generation. His numerous skills, along with his second-to-none tenacity, made him very special.  We were honored to have him wear the Avalanche sweater and we look forward to watching his #21 go to the rafters.”

Joe Sakic
“I was very fortunate to play with one of the best players to ever play the game.  His vision, strength on the puck and all he brought to the team was truly something we were all amazed with. Obviously the game is going to miss him but on the other hand it was great to see him come back with the Avalanche and finish off his career here.”

Patrick Roy
“Peter Forsberg’s skills and determination made him one of the most powerful forwards in the NHL during the best years of his career.  Hearing of his retirement is sad news but one day every athlete has to come to this decision.  He should be very proud of all he accomplished throughout his career.”

Nicklas Lidstrom
"Peter has had a tremendous career. He's been a world class player, one of the superstars of the NHL. I've had the pleasure of playing with him on national teams and the gold-medal-winning Olympic team in Torino. It's sad to see him retire, but he wanted to go out on his own terms and I believe he's doing that. I wish him well in all of his future endeavors."
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