February 15, 2011

It's Not Quitting, Just Finally Moving On

Avs' Peter Forsberg retires from hockey

Good for him that he finally came to the decision that he should've years ago. And I believe that he's really done this time. In all of the other times he's left the sport, he's been very clear about his intentions of coming back. This is the first time he's actually retired, and I think he'll stay retired.

It's just too bad that he didn't play at least one game in front of the Colorado fans. I understand why he did it - he didn't want to look like a fool. Though, I saw him play a bit during his first game back last week, and I don't think he would have.

Sounds like his fiancée's a reasonable woman, and I'm very glad he listened to her. I'd thought it was his wife because he wore a ring, but I'd forgotten the tendency for Swedish men to wear engagement rings. Though, Henrik Lundqvist doesn't wear an engagement ring. But then, Vinny Lecavalier doesn't seem to wear a wedding ring, either - and most men from Canada and the US do.

My dad doesn't wear a wedding ring, either, and he's been married for almost 50 years, but that's another story entirely.

Anywho, I adore Forsberg - he's my favorite player of all time. So it was very hard to read about all of these comebacks and all of these surgeries. It has nothing to do with screwing up his legacy, and I've always wished the guy the best, but you'd think he'd come to the conclusion far sooner than after 25 surgeries (assuming those were all on his foot/ankle). How hard-headed can a guy be?

Thankfully, his fiancée has some common sense. So good for him, too, that he picked a keeper. I'm sure she had more to do with this decision than anyone else.

Again, I wish him nothing but the best, and I hope he can find some peace with his decision. I also hope that he can find some way to stay involved with hockey as well, since he obviously loves the sport so much. I know that in the past he's said that he doesn't want to be a coach - because his dad is/was - but there are other things he can do.

Maybe we'll see him back in North America again in some hockey capacity. I'm still holding out for Markus Naslund to come back. We'll see how that ends up. Forsberg will have to come back at least twice, though - once, when the Coloardo Avalanche retire his jersey number, and again when he's inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Both of which he completely deserves.

Good luck, have fun, and enjoy life, Peter. As always, it was a pleasure. And always make sure you do what makes you happy - not that I have any doubt that you will. :o)

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