He will be making his second consecutive Olympic appearance after scoring the game-winning goal to win bronze in 2006. Also in 2006, Erat, won a silver medal at the World Championships, finishing second on the team in scoring with eight points (3-5-8).
Erat played for the Czech Republic at the World Junior Championships in 2001 (2-1-3), winning a gold medal alongside fellow 2010 Olympian Tomas Plekanec. They went undefeated to win their country's second straight World Junior Championships defeating Finland for the gold.
Obviously a lot happened in a short period of time. At the end of the day, considering everything I went through, I really felt close to my teammates and I really feel like what we accomplished, I know we didn't win it all. ... I'm really proud of how we got there and what we did once we got there.
— Rangers forward Martin St. Louis to Jim Cerny of BlueshirtsUnited.com