Forsberg won't play for Sweden at worlds

Updated: April 22, 2007, 9:09 AM ET
Reuters

STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Sweden's Peter Forsberg has ruled himself out of the ice hockey world championships in Russia, Swedish newspapers quoted him as saying on Sunday.

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"I have already told [Sweden coach] Bengt-Ake Gustafsson about my decision," Forsberg told Expressen.

"It has been a really hard season in the NHL for me. No use going if you can't add anything."

The world championship begins later this month.

The 33-year-old, whose NHL team Nashville was ousted from the playoffs by San Jose, has been plagued by injuries in recent years but was fit to play at the Turin Olympics in 2006 where he won his second Olympic gold with Sweden.

Forsberg, a two-time Stanley Cup winner with the Colorado Avalanche, said he would decide this summer whether he might continue to play professionally.

"I have other things than playing the world championships to think about ... I don't even know whether I will be playing ice hockey next season," he told Aftonbladet.

"I will be here in Nashville until the middle of May, then we will see what happens."

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