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.
He's a winner. We want winners here, and he's a proven winner. He's won two Stanley Cups. He's 22 years old and been a big part of it. He's got all the right tools. He's got size (6-foot-1, 204 pounds) and strength. He's exactly what we were looking for. He's going to be a big piece of our team for many, many years to come.
— Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen on Brandon Saad, who he acquired in a trade with the Blackhawks on Tuesday