Nilsson Netted Forsberg’s Inspiration


KENT NILSSON would become the first Swedish player in the history of the National Hockey League to surpass one hundred points for a season with his 49-goal, 82-assist (131 pts) campaign for the 1980-81 Calgary Flames.


At the spectacular sudden-death penalty-shot shootout which saw SWEDEN top CANADA in the Gold Medal Match at the 1994 Winter Olympic Games, the shootout’s decisive goal-scorer, PETER FORSBERG, made a confession to the reporters in Lillehammer, Norway.

The 20-year-old former Philadelphia Flyers first round NHL draft pick revealed the source of inspiration for his one-handed goal which carried the Swedes to their first Olympic ice hockey championship :

Collecting the puck onsides at center ice, former NHL scoring star KENT NILSSON (10) is off to the races for host nation SWEDEN against the UNITED STATES at the 1989 IIHF World Championships. 

Bearing in on goal, the former Stanley Cup winner for the Edmonton Oilers gets U.S. goalie JOHN VANBIESBROUCK to bit on the fake to the forehand.

With the New York Rangers netminder already committed to stacking the pads, Nilsson pulls the puck back and, with one hand, gently deposits the disc behind Vanbiesbrouck into the American goal.

Sweden, all their goals having come in the final period of play, downed the United States 4-2 at the 1989 World Championships match in Stockholm.

Nilsson, who returned to the Swedish Elitserien in the fall of 1988 to join IF Djurgarden Stockholm following a season in Italy for HC Bolzano, finished with three goals and 11 assists at the ’89 WC and tied for tops in scoring with three other players on 14 points.

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