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.
The old saying in hockey is 'weather the storm.' I put the notion in their heads that we don't want to weather the storm, we want to push just as hard and matched their work ethic. I thought our guys exceeded that in the first period.
— Edmonton Oilers coach Dallas Eakins after their loss to the Nashville Predators on Thursday