NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Predators rookie forward wasn’t even supposed to participate in Sunday’s NHL All Star Game but instead he left with a pair of goals and new car.
Forsberg was originally selected to participate in the just weekend’s Skills Competition but due to injuries, was added to the list of game participates.
When Friday’s draft game around, Forsberg was the last played selected which meant he was the winner of a new car. However, Forsberg bought himself a new car just a few weeks ago so he doesn’t plan on keeping his prize.
“It’s still going to be useful for sure,” he said at Monday’s practice. “Someone in my family will need it.”
Once the actual All Star game was underway, Forsberg didn’t look like someone who deserved to be picked last. The rookie scored two goals for Team Toews in the 17-12 win over Team Foligno. Forsberg is the first Predator to score a goal in an All Star Game.
“I was really surprised that no one was able to score a goal in the last couple,” he said. “But it’s obviously cool to put another mark in the Preds history.”
Forsberg already holds the record for most points by a Predators rookie with 40.
His coach, Peter Laviolette, was picked to coach Team Toews and was excited to see his rookie make an impact on the game.
“He’s been real strong for us. I thought it was very deserving that he got to play in the game,” said Laviolette. “He’s had a terrific start to the season and it was more of an acknowledgement for him and it was nice that he was able to score a couple goals in the game.”
Forsberg and the Predators return to action Tuesday as they face the Colorado Avalanche at Bridgestone Arena.