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by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes

Monday, December 21, 2009

GLENDALE, ARIZONA -- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed defenseman Anders Eriksson to a contract. As per Club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. In addition, Eriksson has been recalled to the Coyotes.

Eriksson, 34, had been playing for the Coyotes’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, where he recorded 1-2-3 in eight games. Eriksson has appeared in 552 career National Hockey League (NHL) games with the Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks, Florida Panthers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Columbus Blue Jackets and Calgary Flames, recording 22-149-171 and 240 penalty minutes (PIM) over parts of 11 NHL seasons. He was a member of the 1998 Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings and has registered six assists and 18 PIM in 36 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, including two games with Calgary during the 2009 Playoffs.

A native of Bollnas, Sweden, Eriksson has appeared in 309 career AHL games, posting 25-159-184 and 331 PIM with Adirondack, St. John’s, Syracuse, Springfield, Quad City and San Antonio over parts of eight seasons. During the 2008-09 season, Eriksson recorded AHL career-highs in assists (45) and points (49) while playing in 64 games with Quad City.

The 6-foot-3, 224-pound defenseman played on the bronze medal-winning Swedish team at the 1999 World Championships. He earned the Swedish Elite League’s (SEL) Rookie of the Year award during the 1994-95 season and represented Sweden at the 1995 World Junior Championships in which he was named a First Team All-Star in the tournament. Eriksson also helped Sweden win the silver medal at the 1994 World Junior Championships.

Eriksson was selected by Detroit in the first round (22nd overall) of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.

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