Anyway, there has been lots of back and forths during the past month or so about this since Forsberg's charity team, The Icebreakers have played couple of games with the man himself. And he has done well. And apparently went pretty good too for the first two game. After that, I've seen stories about him coming back, I've seen stories about him retiring and I've seen stories about... well, that was that I guess. Anyhow, here's one of the many, many Foppa articles one can find in Swedish sites nowadays. In an English-like language.
Foppa rules out the chances of playing
The last test was negative.
Now almost everything is pointing that Peter Forsberg's fantastic hockey career is over.
According to him there's only 5 percent chance that he continues.
- It hasn't worked in 7 years, so why it would work now?, says Peter Forsberg to SPORT-Expressen.
In the 2 first games with Icebreakers the hockey worlds most known rightfoot felt ok.
Yesterday's test against Västerås, however, was a disaster.
- It didn't feel good today. I don't think I have any balance at all, says Peter Forsberg to SPORT-Expressen.
Right now the continuation of his hockey career seems to be very, very far away.
- There's not more than 5 percent chance that I will continue with elite hockey, says he to SVT.
- Something must change radically if there will me more games. If it will be like today, I think I won't continue. Something has to better.
Messages in skates
And it's not the foot Forsberg means. He doesn't plan to do anything more about it. However, there are various messages in the skates than can help.
- I will go home and see how it goes for few weeks, but I don't have high hopes, says Forsberg who understands his critics who thinks that he vacillates too much back and forth.
- I understand everyone who thinks that I'm an idiot and thinks I should quit. But I have battled with these problems for 7 years and won Olympic gold (you jerk...) and if one checks Philadelphia, I'm second in points/match for players who have played over 100 games. I haven't been that woeful.
Which team it would be - if he can play- he doesn't want to think. What comes to Modo, it has earlier this week been speculated that Modo's coach Charles Berglund gave a deadline for Foppa to give a notice to the team if he plays or not.
However, it's a big misunderstanding according to Berglund:
. I haven't set any deadline. Me and Peter have a dialog and there's no time limit, although of course it would be good to know as soon as possible, says Berglund to SPORT-Expressen.
Doesn't want to mess up
Something Foppa agrees with:
- I don't want to stand on Modo's way. I don't want that it will go back and forth like it went last time.
Now points most things to a life aside of ice - and If one is going to believe Foppa, it isn't that bad.
- I feel so good aside of hockey now and I have so much other things going on so so it will be if there's not gonna be hockey. If it doesn't function 100 percent, I will pack my stuff in the near future.
I guess this means it's adjö for Foppa then. I've spend most of my life hating him (he and Sundin really liked to ruin my childhood, youth and faith in my national team...) but as the years have past by I've learnt to appreciate his undeniable skills and passion for hockey. I believe the last Olympics proved that even one-legged Foppa is still a hell lot of a better player than many of those with two functional feet.
Yes, he might be an idiot for keep trying to come back but for me that shows how much he loves the sport, how dedicated he is to it. And for that I respect him.