April 9, 1990|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)|
196th overall, 2008|
Joacim Eriksson (born April 9, 1990) is a Swedish professional ice hockey goaltender currently with Brynäs IF of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). Eriksson played several years in the Swedish junior leagues, making his professional debut in 2008. He was subsequently drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, though never signed with the team. In 2013 Eriksson signed with the Vancouver Canucks, and joined their minor league affiliate in the American Hockey League. He appeared in one game for the Canucks in 2014, and returned to Sweden after two years in North America. Internationally Eriksson played for Sweden at both the under-18 and senior level, winning a gold medal at the 2007 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and a bronze at the 2014 World Championships.
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. 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. This led Leksand to play in the Kvalserien for promotion to the Elitserien for the 2010–11 season.
On June 15, 2013, Eriksson signed a two-year professional contract with the Vancouver Canucks. 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. 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. 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.
|Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament|
Regular season and playoffs
- 2007–08 J20 SuperElit SM-silver Medal
- 2007–08 U18 World Cup Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament Champion
- 2008–09 Best GAA in the J20 SuperElit regular season with 1.99
- 2008–09 Best save percentage in the J20 SuperElit regular season with .930
- 2008–09 Best GAA in the J20 SuperElit playoffs with 1.83
- 2008–09 Best save percentage in the J20 SuperElit playoffs with .938
- 2008–09 J20 SuperElit Champion
- 2012–13 SHL Champion
- 2014 Bronze medal World Championships
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