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.
I spent a long summer thinking about that playoff series and what could have been. [The Blackhawks] ended up being the Stanley Cup champions, so we know we lost to a very good team. It's tough to know how close we were, and it motivates us for this year.
— Nashville captain Shea Weber in an interview with the Predators website