#tbt: Forsberg and Sakic, hockey stars and occasional gunslingers

Wednesday November 19th, 2014

Former Colorado Avalanche star Peter Forsberg was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame Monday night. Several of his former teammates attended the ceremony, including fellow Hall of Famer Joe Sakic. To celebrate the honor, we dug up this gem of Forsberg and Sakic from 1996. Just a casual portrait of a Swede and a Canadian embracing the all-American cowboy lifestyle. Look at those smolders.

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Forsberg, who retired in 2011, won two Stanley Cups with the Avalanche and two Olympic gold medals with Sweden. Though his career was shortened by injuries, he had 885 points in 708 games, the eighth-most points-per-game average in the NHL.

Sakic retired in 2009 after 20 seasons with the Avalanche. He was named the team captain in 1992 and finished his career as the all-time leading scorer in franchise history.

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Both are considered two of the best Avalanche players to ever take the ice. When the Avalanche play the Washington Capitals tonight at home, fans will see Forsberg's and Sakic's jerseys hanging from the rafters and remember how they led the team to eight consecutive division titles and two Stanley Cups.

But on this Throwback Thursday, we remember that one time they pretended to be gunslingers and totally rocked it. 

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