Born July 17, 1985 (age 26) in Gothenburg, Sweden
Left winger and alternate captain for the Dallas Stars
Loui Eriksson was an early achiever in the hockey world. By age 11, he was part of a U-16 team in a Swedish club. He made his way up to the Frolunda club, where the Lundqvist twins both played and where Joel still captains. At age 18, he was rookie of the year and the following season saw him on a championship-winning Frolunda squad. While still in Sweden, the Stars drafted him 33rd overall in 2003. Two years later, he jumped over to North America, appeared in some Dallas preseason games and officially debuted with the then-Iowa Stars. When he had his first Dallas regular season game in October 2006, he scored a goal!
Eriksson’s biggest season to date was 2008-09, which featured him leading the team with 36 goals–fifth in the West and 12th overall for goal-scoring. He also had a perfect attendance record that season. When it comes to international play, he’s donned the Tre Kronor for the 2004 and 2005 World Juniors, the 2009 Worlds and the 2010 Olympics. He also went to the 2011 All-Star Game and tallied a goal, two assists and an empty netter, four points that put him ahead of all the other players except Shea Weber. Last season, where Dallas only narrowly missed the playoffs, he played 79 games, got 27 goals, 46 assists and just eight penalty minutes. So far he’s played about half as much as last season and already has 17 G, 26 A and six penalty minutes–looks like he’s on track to continue being clutch for the Stars.