Eriksson was nine years old when Peter Forsberg scored the famous shootout goal that won the 1994 Olympic gold medal over Canada. It was a play that made Forsberg his hockey hero growing up and cemented the Olympics as an ultimate goal. He will play alongside Forsberg in his first Olympic tournament.
He won a bronze medal at the 2009 World Championships, recording seven points (3-4-7) including the opening goal and an assist to help Sweden defeat the U.S. 4-2 for bronze.
You don't see many. The [Drew] Doughtys, the [P.K.] Subbans, those are guys that create offense from the back and then on top of that ability, the size that he has. In the West you play against some pretty big players, and being able to clear the crease and contain the [Ryan] Getzlafs and the [Corey] Perrys and [Anze] Kopitars and players like that, we're excited about him going back there.
— Sharks general manager Doug Wilson on Brent Burns returning back to defense