This jersey belongs to Evan Lewis of Toronto, Ontario.
#21 Peter Forsberg Quebec Nordiques Away Jersey.
“Peter Forsberg was drafted sixth overall in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers. The pick was considered controversial at the time because Forsberg was ranked to be selected in the late first round or early second round. Before Forsberg had a chance to play for the Flyers, he was traded along with five other players, two first round draft picks, and $15 million to the Quebec Nordiques in exchange for the 1991 NHL Entry Draft’s first overall selection, Eric Lindros.
Forsberg instantly established himself as a physical two-way centre with elite offensive talent in his first season with the Nordiques. In his rookie season, Forsberg was a +15 with 15 goals and 50 points in 47 games earning him the Calder Memorial Trophy for rookie of the year. After the season the Nordiques were sold and relocated to Denver, Colorado and were renamed the Colorado Avalanche.
Forsberg’s second season would prove to be his highest offensive output with 30 goals and 116 points in 82 games and was also the only season he played all of his team’s games. The Avalanche would become the first team to win the Stanley Cup in their inaugural season beating out the Florida Panthers in four games. Forsberg had 21 points in 22 playoff games.
Forsberg would add another Stanley Cup Championship with the Avalanche in 2001. Forsberg had to have his spleen removed after the second round of the playoffs and would miss the rest of the Cup run and would also sit the next season out. Forsberg returned for the playoffs the next season and led playoff scoring with 27 points in 20 games, but the Avalanche would fall to the Detroit Red Wings in the Conference Finals.
The 2002-03 season was Forsberg’s second last season with the Avs and would prove to be one of his best of his career. Forsberg won the Art Ross Trophy for league’s most points in the regular season with 106 points in 75 games and would also win the Hart Memorial Trophy for league’s most valuable player.
After stints with the Philadelphia Flyers and Nashville Predators, Forsberg signed as a free agent with the Avalanche. Struggling with injuries throughout his career, he would once again miss an extended amount of time with a groin injury. His season was limited to just nine games, but would produce 14 points, which was the league’s highest point-per-game average in the season.
After playing two seasons with MODO of the Swedish Elite league, Forsberg made an NHL return in 2011 with the Avalanche. After just two games he decided that he was unable to compete at the level he desired and that his foot problems were also a factor. On February 14th, 2011 just hours before Forsberg was to make his home season debut, he announced his retirement.
Even though Forsberg had an extremely injury riddled NHL career he managed to produce 249 goals and 885 points in 708 career games. The Avalanche retired Forsberg’s #21 on October 8th, 2011 during their season opener. Forsberg sits fifth in Avalanche franchise scoring.”
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