Joacim Eriksson

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Joacim Eriksson
Joacim Eriksson 2010.JPG
Born (1990-04-09) April 9, 1990 (age 27)
Hedesunda, Sweden
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Right
SHL team
Former teams
Djurgårdens IF
Skellefteå AIK
Leksands IF
Brynäs IF
Vancouver Canucks
Dinamo Riga
Växjö Lakers
NHL Draft 196th overall, 2008
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 2008–present

Joacim Eriksson (born April 9, 1990) is a Swedish professional ice hockey player currently with Djurgårdens IF of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL).

Playing career[edit]

Eriksson started his junior career in Valbo before he moved onto the more prestigious Brynäs IF in his hometown of Gävle in 2007. He was born and raised in the village Hedesunda, where he played his first game as a child.[1] He was drafted in the 7th round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft at 196th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers. However the Flyers did not sign him by June 1, 2011, they lost the rights to him.

Unable to find significant playing time behind Jacob Markström after two years of juniors play and after setting league high marks for Brynäs' J20 SuperElit team, Eriksson moved west to Leksands IF of the second-tier Allsvenskan. The move paid off, as Eriksson played in 38 games in the 2009-10 season with a 2.40 goals against average and a .926 save percentage.[1] This led Leksand to play in the Kvalserien for promotion to the Elitserien for the 2010-11 season.

From 2010 to 2013, Eriksson played for SHL side Skellefteå AIK. He won the Swedish championship with the club in 2013 and reached the SHL finals in 2011 and 2012.

On June 15, 2013, Eriksson signed a two-year professional contract with the Vancouver Canucks.[2] Eriksson played in his first career NHL regular season game for the Canucks on January 15, 2014 against the Anaheim Ducks, coming in relief of starter Eddie Läck in a 9-1 loss.[3] He mostly saw action for the Canucks' affiliate, the Utica Comets, in the American Hockey League.

On June 23, 2015, Eriksson agreed to terms with Dinamo Riga of the KHL.[4] He made 34 appearances for Riga with a GAA of 2.42 and a SVS% of .919. After a single season in Latvia with Riga, he penned a deal with the Växjö Lakers of the Swedish Hockey League in April 2016.[5]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Representing Sweden Sweden
Ice hockey
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Minsk
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament
Gold medal – first place 2007 Slovakia

Eriksson's first big international exposure came at the 2007 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament where he helped Sweden win its first and only gold medal in the tournament.[1]

Eriksson was named to the 2008 IIHF World U18 Championships, playing for Sweden. He dressed for every game in the tournament, but did not play behind Jacob Markström, as Sweden finished fourth.[6]

He won bronze at the 2014 World Championships with the Swedish national team, making eight appearances during the tournament.[7]

Awards/Achievements[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Elite Hockey Prospects". IIHF.com. 7 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Joacim Eriksson agrees to terms with the Vancouver Canucks" (in Swedish). espressen.se. 2013-06-15. Retrieved 2013-06-15. 
  3. ^ http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20132014/GS020709.HTM
  4. ^ "Canucks lose minor league goalie Eriksson to Latvia". The Province. 2015-06-23. Retrieved 2015-06-23. 
  5. ^ "Joacim Eriksson klar för Växjö Lakers". Växjö Lakers (in Swedish). 2016-04-24. Retrieved 2016-04-24. 
  6. ^ "IIHF U18 Championship Sweden PLAYER STATISTICS BY TEAM 2008-2009" (PDF). IIHF.com. 23 March 2008. 
  7. ^ "Sweden - 2014 WM - International Ice Hockey Federation IIHF". www.iihfworlds2014.com. Retrieved 2016-04-24. 

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