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.
Unless he really collapses, I don't see him going anywhere. I've been very impressed with his composure and maturity. Once the regular season started, he was a different guy; it was like game on and almost as if he's been around for a long time.
— Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon on rookie defenseman Aaron Ekblad