– Adam Kimelman (@NHLAdamK) July 17, 2023
It’s been commonplace for several years now. Field hockey players are, well… superhuman, sometimes.
When the playoffs are over, we hear all sorts of stories about the injuries the guys must have sustained during the season and the playoffs, and it’s usually chilling.
Even though they’re pretty banged up, the guys are determined to play and sacrifice their bodies for the ultimate goal of winning the Stanley Cup… And that’s why they’re often referred to as “tough” athletes.
Peter Forsberg’s story is no different. In 2001, the Swede was playing in Colorado and the Avalanche were in the midst of the playoffs. The team was managed by Bib Hartley.
Even without him, the Avalanche were able to secure their ticket to the Stanley Cup Final, and it was there, on the eve of Game 7 of the Final, that Forsberg walked into Bob Hartley’s office to tell him he felt ready to play.
I told him it didn’t make sense. Even if we needed him, the answer was no. He told me he wanted to talk to Pierre Lacroix (GM), Pierre came down to my office… And the answer was still no. He was really angry. He was really angry. – Bob Hartley
It’s crazy, for real.
Forsberg lost so much blood on the way to the hospital that his life could certainly have been in danger. And he, a few weeks later…
He’s persisting with his coach and GM because he’d like to play in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Do you think he was passionate, Peter Forsberg?…
Seriously, it just shows how much the guys love it. They take their work seriously and will do anything to live every little guy’s ultimate dream, that dream being the chance to lift the Stanley Cup trophy.
Leafs fan encounters a “Maple Leaf Poutine” 😂🍟
(🎥: IG/spencer.jenkin) pic.twitter.com/VmxOwAO9hF
– BarDown (@BarDown) July 17, 2023
– Sounds more like a dream than anything else.
Le Club | Le retour des Nordiques ? https://t.co/4dSGGCW5AF
– La Presse Sports (@LaPresse_Sports) July 17, 2023
– I can’t wait to see it go in 2023-2024.
Lane Hutson has his eyes set on getting even better after a brilliant freshman seasonhttps://t.co/l09GPF3T6N
– Eyes On The Prize (@HabsEOTP) July 17, 2023
– A look back in history.