There is a new President of the United States. Yes we can. Hope. Change. The buzz words of a marketer’s wet dream culminated in the inauguration today of Barack Obama. But the world did not stop for Obama.
And big news came out of Sweden. Peter Forsberg is back on the ice. He's getting old. He's 35 now. He's had multiple surgeries. He's haggard and tired. His time on the ice didn’t even go as well as he had hoped. And reading that he was back on the ice still made me all giddy inside. Like a little school girl really. Simply because he has said he wants to play for the Avalanche if he heads back to the NHL. And, because when it comes down to it, Peter Forsberg is by far the most exciting athlete I have ever seen live.
Right now he's skating with MODO, his old hockey team, up north in Örnsköldsvik. And there's obviously something in the water there. Or at least the ice. Because not only does Peter Forsberg hail from there, but so do the Sedin twins as well as Markus Näslund. That's not a bad line-up of hockey players. But Peter Forsberg leads the group.
I’m not sure how this will go. He’s struggled with his feet for years. To be perfectly honest, I think he might be done. Like a jilted lover taking back the girlfriend just one more time, I am skeptical. But I’ll take him back. And that’s the beauty of sports, that glimmer of hope and optimism. Plus, I still remember as a little kid saving up my allowance so I could buy a plaque autographed by the man himself. I would venture to say I have a slight man crush. You know, except for the ridiculous Stockholmers haircut coupled with the northern Swedish accent that just don't jive all that well together.
As much as I would like to see him skate off into the sunset as one of the greatest players ever, I can’t give up on him just yet. And that’s because when he’s healthy, he is still an amazing talent that sees things on the ice no one else sees. Who draws two defenders with him everywhere he goes and is still able to make the pass. Who is a dominant force. When he’s on the ice. As of late though, that hasn’t been all that often. But I continue to hope. This might be the last time before I turn on him though. Of course, I think I said that last year also.
So while today may have been a day focusing on hope of a different kind, I have pinned my hopes on the aging feet of Peter Forsberg.
Welcome to Sweden. Where hope and change ring true as Peter Forsberg prepares for one more comeback.