STOCKHOLM, Sweden – The Swedish Ice Hockey Association has announced the 21 players who will compete in the Olympics women's ice hockey tournament in Sochi 2014 and among the chosen few is Quinnipiac women's ice hockey forward Erica Uden Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden). This will be Uden Johansson's second appearance as a member of Team Sweden in the Olympics a s she also competed in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Sweden will first hit the ice in Group B prelim action against Japan on Sunday, February 9 followed by a bout against Germany on Feb. 11 and host Russia on Feb. 13.
"We are so proud of Erica!," said Quinnipiac head coach Rick Seeley. "She has always represented our program, and Quinnipiac University with class and maturity. UJ was determined to make her National team and compete in her second Olympics. The fact that she has achieved that goal supports our belief in her, and our decision to whole-heartedly support her dream. I'll put down my Canadian flag long enough to wish Erica, and her Swedish teammates, the best of luck in Sochi."
Uden Johansson has a wealth of international experience playing for Sweden as she has competed in two International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Women's World Championships (2009, 2012) as well as her appearance in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. In her first appearance for Team Sweden in the 2009 IIHF World Championship, Uden Johansson led her team to a fourth place finish and finished with three points (one goal, two assists) including a team-high +6 plus/minus rating through five games. She also saw a great deal of ice time in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics as she finished with two points (one goal, one assist) in helped lead Sweden to a 2-1 record in preliminary round action and eventually to a fourth place finish. Finally, in her most-recent appearance with Team Sweden, Uden Johansson recorded one goal with 11 shots-on-goal and +2 plus/minus in the 2012 World Championships held in Burlington, Vt. as the Swedes went on to finish in fifth place.
The Bobcats' would-be senior forward has produced at a high level for Quinnipiac in her three seasons with the team. The ultra-productive player has finished each season with double figure goal and assist totals including 11 power-play goals, nine game-winning goals and one shorthanded. The lefty forward has been a huge weapon for the Bobcats on the power play as her one-timer from just above the far side faceoff dot has been utilized throughout her three years at Quinnipiac. In addition, her nine game-winning goals from the 2010-11 and 2012-13 seasons was the second-most among any player on the team to the program's all-time leading goal scorer in Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario). For her career, Uden Johansson has played in 87 gam
es with the Bobcats and has scored 71 points (32 goals, 39 assists) with still one year of eligibility remaining. Her 71 points place her sixth on the all-time list at Quinnipiac while she is sixth in goals (32) and tied for fourth in career assists (39).
Uden Johansson has taken the 2013-14 Quinnipiac season off to train back home and play for the Sundsvall Hockey Wildcats, a team she was a member of from 2005-08. In 23 games played for Sundsvall, Uden Johansson has been the 11th-highest s coring skater in the country playing in the Riksserien Swedish League. Playing right wing for Sundsvall, Uden Johansson has compiled 24 points (13 goals, 11 assists) in 23 games played this season. She is averaging just above one point per-game (1.04) for Sundsvall, has committed just 18 penalty minutes. Uden Johansson has also dominated the power play, ranking sixth in the Riksserien in scoring (five goals, three assists) while on the man-advantage. She will now spend the remaining weeks before the Olympics training with the national team before they depart for Sochi and play in their first game just two days after The Opening Ceremony held on Friday, Feb. 7.
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