DENVER (Reuters) - Forward Peter Forsberg of the Colorado Avalanche announced his retirement Monday, two games after returning to the NHL following a three-year hiatus.
Forsberg, 37, said a chronic foot injury he first hurt in 2003 was at the heart of his decision to hang up the skates.
“I feel a little like a little kid who had their candy stolen,” the Swede told a news conference. “It feels a little sad to retire without going out in my own way, on my own terms but I will get over it. Something I have to live with.”
Forsberg played in Colorado’s 3-1 loss to Columbus on Friday, and then in the Avalanche’s 5-3 setback to Nashville the following day, failing to score in either game.
He had a minus-four rating in the two games with three shots.
Forsberg said he was “really disappointed I couldn’t play.”
“I really wanted to come back and play last 30 games here and hopefully help the team into the playoffs,” he said. “I had to make a decision for the team so that they could move on and start winning games.”
Forsberg, who played for Modo in the Swedish Elite League last season, is a former NHL MVP who won two Stanley Cups with Colorado and Olympic gold medals in 1994 and 2006.
He had 249 goals and 885 points during a 12-season NHL career with Quebec, Colorado, Philadelphia and Nashville.
Colorado has dropped seven successive games, the franchise’s longest losing streak since moving to Denver for the 1995-96 season.
Forsberg said he would not return to Sweden to resume his career.
“I am done -- period,” he said. “I don’t want to put myself on the ice when I can’t do it anymore.”
He said he wanted to be remembered for the effort he gave every night.
“I hope people in Denver walked out of the rink and said, ‘He gave everything,'” said Forsberg, fighting back tears.
Reporting by Steve Ginsburg in Washington; Additional reporting by Simon Evans; Editing by Sonia Oxley; To comment on this story email email@example.com