Hockey

Forsberg ponders playing in Swedish tourney

Sweden has reserved a place for Peter Forsberg in the LG Hockey Games, hoping the forward will be healthy enough to play.

Sweden has reserved a place for Peter Forsberg in the LG Hockey Games, hoping the forward will be healthy enough to play.

On Monday, a Swedish newspaper reported that Swedish coach Bengt-Ake Gustafsson had spoken to Forsberg, and that the athlete would make a decision before the four-day tournament, which starts Feb. 5.

Forsberg, 35, is recovering from surgery on his right ankle and foot. He was on skates earlier this month, in his hometown of Ornskoldsvik.

Now an unrestricted free agent in the NHL, Forsberg made a late-season return to the Colorado Avalanche last year. However, injuries kept him out of nine of 18 regular-season games and three of four games in the second round of the playoffs.

In addition to winning two Stanley Cups with the Avalanche, Forsberg also won the NHL MVP award in 2003 after notching 29 goals and 77 assists.

The LG Hockey Games is an annual tournament held in Sweden. The Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and Sweden compete in the event, and the winner is awarded the Golden Cup.

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