STOCKHOLM, Sweden – Peter Forsberg practised with his hometown team Monday in what was seen as a possible sign of a comeback.
The 34-year-old Forsberg has been sidelined with a foot and ankle injury since finishing last season with the Nashville Predators. But Sweden coach Bengt-Ake Gustafsson said last week that the forward may try to play in the LG Hockey Games in Stockholm between Feb. 7-10.
On Monday, Forsberg joined Modo for a brief practice session in his hometown of Ornskoldsvik ahead of the team’s league match against Frolunda, Swedish media reported.
“I know that he has been practising, but that’s all I know,” Forsberg’s father, Kent Forsberg, told newspaper Aftonbladet.
Both Aftonbladet and Expressen had reports of the training session on their websites, and said Forsberg’s participation could be a sign he’s preparing for a return to the ice.
Forsberg first intended to play for Sweden in the Karjala Cup in November but had to pull out after the first practice session saying his foot felt unstable. Forsberg has said he is hoping for a return to the NHL, but is unsure what team he would play for. The deadline to sign with a team is Feb. 26.
Forsberg won two Stanley Cups with the Colorado Avalanche and won the Hart Trophy as league MVP in 2003 after scoring 29 goals and adding 77 assists. He also helped lead Sweden to Olympic gold medals in Lillehammer in 1994 and Turin in 2006.
Injuries have plagued him in recent years and he hasn’t played more than 60 games in a season since suiting up for 75 games in 2002-03 with the Avalanche.