Loui Eriksson

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Loui Eriksson
Loui Eriksson - Boston Bruins.jpg
Eriksson at his first game as a Bruin
Born (1985-07-18) July 18, 1985 (age 30)
Gothenburg, Sweden
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)
Position Winger
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Boston Bruins
Frölunda HC
Dallas Stars
HC Davos
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 33rd overall, 2003
Dallas Stars
Playing career 2003–present

William Loui Eriksson (born July 18, 1985) is a Swedish professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL). Eriksson was selected by the Dallas Stars in the second round, 33rd overall, at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Eriksson in 2011

Eriksson started playing for Lerums BK at a young age and excelled beyond others his age quickly. By age 11, he was already playing with the older under-16 team. His talent was recognized at various tournaments and he finally landed on the junior team for Frölunda HC.

Eriksson's professional career began in the top-tier Elitserien, where he played for Frölunda, sometimes facing his future fellow Boston Bruins forward Carl Söderberg when playing against the Malmö Redhawks during his first two seasons with Frölunda. Eriksson won Rookie of the Year honors in 2004 at the age of 18 after posting eight goals and five assists in 46 games. A year later, Eriksson would post five goals and nine assists in 39 games, helping Frölunda win the Swedish ice hockey championship (SM-guld).

Dallas Stars[edit]

In the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, the Dallas Stars drafted Eriksson in the second round with the 33rd overall pick. After playing in his second season with Frölunda, Eriksson moved to North America and appeared in two pre-season games for Dallas in 2005. His professional debut in North America came on October 6, 2005, with the Star's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Iowa Stars, in a game where Eriksson posted his first assist and point of the season.

Eriksson's first NHL goal came in his debut, October 4, 2006, against the Colorado Avalanche. Two years later, he had a breakout season in 2008–09, where he led the Stars with 36 goals, placing him fifth in the West and 12th overall in goal-scoring. He was one of only three Stars to play in all 82 games of the season. Prior to the following season, on October 2, 2009, he was recognized as a significant offensive force of the Stars attack by re-signing to a six-year contract extension worth $25.5 million.[1]

Eriksson participated in his first NHL All-Star Game in 2011. He had a goal and two assists as well as the eventual game-winning empty-net goal to lead all players with four points (matched only by Shea Weber with four assists).

Boston Bruins[edit]

On July 4, 2013, Eriksson, along with prospects Joseph Morrow, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser, was traded by the Stars to the Boston Bruins in exchange for Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley and Ryan Button.[2] In an injury-marred first season in Boston, after two concussions on separate hits from John Scott of the Buffalo Sabres and Brooks Orpik of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Eriksson would finish the 2013–14 season with 10 goals and 27 assists for 37 points in 61 games, finding chemistry with center and fellow Swede Carl Söderberg. [3]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Frölunda HC SEL 46 8 5 13 4 10 1 5 6 0
2004–05 Frölunda HC SEL 39 5 9 14 4 12 0 0 0 0
2005–06 Iowa Stars AHL 78 31 29 60 27 7 2 5 7 0
2006–07 Iowa Stars AHL 15 5 3 8 13 9 2 5 7 0
2006–07 Dallas Stars NHL 59 6 13 19 18 4 0 1 1 0
2007–08 Dallas Stars NHL 69 14 17 31 28 18 4 4 8 8
2007–08 Iowa Stars AHL 2 1 2 3 2
2008–09 Dallas Stars NHL 82 36 27 63 14
2009–10 Dallas Stars NHL 82 29 42 71 26
2010–11 Dallas Stars NHL 79 27 46 73 8
2011–12 Dallas Stars NHL 82 26 45 71 12
2012–13 HC Davos NLA 7 3 3 6 0
2012–13 Dallas Stars NHL 48 12 17 29 8
2013–14 Boston Bruins NHL 61 10 27 37 6 12 2 3 5 4
2014–15 Boston Bruins NHL 81 22 25 47 14
SHL totals 85 13 14 27 8 22 1 5 6 0
NHL totals 643 182 259 441 134 34 6 8 14 12

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2003 Sweden WJC18 5th 6 5 2 7 12
2004 Sweden WJC 7th 6 1 1 2 2
2005 Sweden WJC 6th 6 2 3 5 0
2009 Sweden WC 3rd 9 3 4 7 0
2010 Sweden OG 5th 4 3 1 4 0
2011 Sweden WC 2nd 9 3 1 4 2
2012 Sweden WC 6th 8 5 8 13 2
2013 Sweden WC 1st 10 5 5 10 0
2014 Sweden OG 2nd 6 2 1 3 0
Junior totals 18 8 6 14 14
Senior totals 46 21 20 41 4

Personal life[edit]

Loui married his girlfriend Mikaela in 2008. They had twins named Luka and Elle on September 25, 2009. Three years later, they had another daughter named Blanca born January 1, 2012. In 2013, they had another daughter named Lola.

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