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.
It's really exciting. I'm pretty sure that when I play my first game I'm going to be emotional. To be back on the ice playing a game, being in game situations, with all the routines and rituals I do before games and during the game, I feel like I'm going to be emotional. I'm going to be really happy.
— Montreal Canadiens forward Tim Bozon on playing for the first time since his life-threaning illness