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Concussion raises concerns career is over

STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Peter Forsberg sustained a concussion
and won't play in MoDo's next game in the Swedish Elite League
playoffs.

"It's a guarantee: Forsberg will miss Saturday's game," team
doctor Kim Thorsen told a Swedish network television Web site on
Friday.

Forsberg didn't play Saturday in Game 5 of the quarterfinal series against Farjestad,
but MoDo still won 1-0.

Game 6 in the best-of-seven series will be played early next
week, with Farjestad leading 3-2.

Forsberg returned to action Thursday night, after a six-week
absence caused by a hand injury, but he didn't stay on the ice for
long. He was cross-checked by Peter Nordstrom at 15:16 in the
second period and was knocked out of the game.

Nordstrom was ejected and later suspended for two games and fined $900.

"What can I say?" asked Forsberg, the NHL MVP in 2003. "My
hand felt very good. I have no comments about other things."

Forsberg, nicknamed "Foppa" in Sweden, has sustained several
concussions plus several other serious injuries during his career.
He was a seven-time NHL All-Star with the Colorado Avalanche.

The headline on Friday in Sweden's largest newspaper said:
"Quit Now 'Foppa' -- Before It's Too Late."

It's unclear if Forsberg will play for Sweden in the April
30-May 15 World Championship in Austria. Earlier this season, he
turned down invitations to play in the European Hockey Tour series
involving the best national teams in Europe.

Kent Forsberg, Peter's father who is also the MoDo coach, told
new Swedish coach Bengt-Ake Gustafsson, who attended Thursday's
game, that "my Peter will never again play on the national team
with Peter Nordstrom."

Nordstrom said the hit was unintentional.

"I've seen the replays on television, it just can't be a game
misconduct," Nordstrom said. "I'm not cross-checking him, I'm
just trying to clear the puck. It was a reflex, an accident."