- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2011

DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Avalanche will retire Peter Forsberg’s number before the season opener on Oct. 8 against the Detroit Red Wings.

Forsberg’s number (21) will join those of Patrick Roy (33), Joe Sakic (19) and Ray Bourque (77) in the rafters at Pepsi Center.

The former NHL MVP attempted a comeback with the Avalanche over the winter, but pulled the plug on his career after a two-game audition because of a chronic foot ailment.

Forsberg was one of the best two-way players in the NHL during his prime, helping the Avalanche to Stanley Cup titles in 1996 and 2001. A foot injury that’s hampered him since 2003 robbed him of chunks of his career.