Saturday, July 31, 2004
Updated: August 18, 4:11 PM ET
Avs star will work out in Sweden on Tuesday
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Colorado Avalanche star Peter Forsberg
has been cleared by doctors to play for Sweden in the World Cup of
Hockey beginning late next month in Europe and North America.
"I've seen my doctors in the last few days in Montreal and
Denver, and they said I could start working out at 100 percent,"
the 31-year-old Avalanche forward told Swedish tabloid Expressen's
Web site Saturday.
Forsberg, the league's MVP last year, underwent stomach-muscle
surgery eight weeks ago in Montreal.
"Sometimes I'm still a little bit stiff, but my doctors say
rehab will take up to 10 weeks, so I have two weeks before I'll be
100 percent," Forsberg said.
"Naturally I'm happy. You're always a bit worried after an
operation, but now I know I can take the next step. That's nice."
Forsberg will fly to Sweden on Tuesday and said he plans to work
out for the first time late that afternoon with MoDo Hockey, the
Swedish Elite League team he played for before heading to North
America. He will travel to Stockholm on Aug. 19, when the Swedish
World Cup team is scheduled to open training camp.
Forsberg last played for Sweden at the World Championships in
Prague, Czech Republic earlier this year. Canada beat Sweden 5-3 on
May 9 to win the tournament.
In the World Cup of Hockey, Sweden is in the European pool with
the Czechs, Finland and Germany. Finland plays the Czechs in the
opener Aug. 30 in Helsinki.
The United States, which won the inaugural World Cup in 1996 by
edging Canada in three games, is in the North American pool with
Canada, Russia and Slovakia.