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07-01-2013, 08:12 PM
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Originally Posted by MiamiScreamingEagles View Post
Eriksson had two separate stays with the team, the first lasted parts of two seasons but he got homesick for Sweden and returned there after a game or two in his second NHL season.

When he returned, he made the all-rookie team (he didn't lose his rookie status based on games played the first time with the team) but he wasn't a consistent force on the blueline. It was around this time when the four horses made a strong impact: Mark Howe, Brad Marsh, Brad McCrimmon and Doug Crossman.

When Eriksson returned, under Bob McCammon, Pelle Lindbergh had established himself and there seemed to be an opening for Eriksson who was generally quiet off-the-ice and rarely seemed comfortable or even happy. After Lindbergh got into into the fatal accident, Eriksson left for Sweden following that season.
Thanks for that! Makes sense, fellow Swede the same age, from the same city and a good friend dying would make you want to be on the other side of the world, especially if he was having trouble before that. His production dropping from 0.6PPG to less than 0.1 after it happens would indicate it really badly affected him.

Adds even more sadness to a pretty harrowing story to begin with, though he seems to have had a fantastic career in Sweden after, top SEL D man, number retired.

Unerringly similar to what I found about Chernov in my previous post.

EDIT: Just read Eriksson had known Lindbergh since childhood, unimaginable how that must have affected him.


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