Former Colorado Avalanche stars Peter Forsberg and Rob Blake are now part of the Hockey Hall of Fame. They joined Bill McCreary, Pat Burns, Dominik Hasek, and Mike Modano today as the six newest members selected to join an elite class.
Drafted 6th overall in 1991 by the Philadelphia Flyers, Forsberg was traded to the Quebec Nordiques as part of the famed Eric Lindross trade. Forsberg made his NHL debut for the Nordiques in 1994, posting 50 points in 47 games and winning the Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie. Forsberg spent the first nine years of his career with the Nordiques/Avalanche organization; winning two Stanley Cups (1996 and 2001) and collecting a Hart Trophy as league MVP in 2003. After spending a couple of seasons in Philadelphia and Nashville where he battled injuries, Forsberg returned to the Avs for a playoff run in 2008 but was once again limited due to injuries. It looked like his NHL career would be over, but he tried to give it one more go in 2011. Unfortunately the injuries were just too much, limiting Forsberg to just two games before he finally decided to call it quits for good. In 708 NHL games, Forsberg amassed 977 points, with 762 of those points coming in an Avalanche uniform. Forsberg also made a huge impact on the international scene, winning two Olympic gold medals as part of Team Sweden. His famed shootout goal in 1994 that clinched the gold for Sweden was made into a stamp in his home country. The Colorado Avalanche organization retired his jersey on October 8, 2011. Although injuries cut the career of Forsberg short, he’ll always be remembered as an outstanding all-around player with excellent passing skills who was not afraid to play psychical, even when he had the puck.
Drafted 70th overall in 1988 by the Los Angeles Kings, Rob Blake didn’t spend many years with the Colorado Avalanche organization, but he turned out to be the missing piece in 2001. After losing in back-to-back Western Conference Finals, the Avalanche traded for Blake in 2001, feeling they needed a third outstanding defenseman to play alongside Adam Foote and Ray Bourque. That feeling turned out to be correct as Blake helped anchor the Avalanche defense to a Stanley Cup in 2001. Blake spent the next four years in Colorado, playing in a total of 322 games for the organization before returning to the Kings. Blake played in 1270 NHL games, scoring 806 points. Along with the Stanley Cup in 2001, Blake won the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman in 1997 and a Gold Medal as part of Team Canada in 2002. Blake was inducted to the Avalanche Alumni Association on March 3, 2012. Blake is best known for his rocket of a slap shot and his well-timed hip checks on the defensive end.
We here at Mile High Sticking would like to congratulate all six members going into this years Hockey Hall of Fame.