Swedish winger Jimmie Ericsson, a longtime member of Tre Kronor and a standout in the Swedish Hockey League, today announced that after failing to rehab an injured Achilles tendon, he would retire from hockey at the age of 39.
Ericsson began his pro career in the junior system of Södertälje SK, first playing on a senior team with HC Vita Hästen in 1999. He would then spend three seasons there before joining his hometown Skellefteå AIK in 2002, where he would spend a total of 16 seasons over three stints, captaining the team for his final six seasons and leading them to back to back Swedish Championships in 2013 and 2014. Ericsson also captured the league MVP and scoring title in 2013, and made four additional Championship finals (2011-12, 2016, 2018). Ericsson broke up his times with Skellefteå AIK due to stints in Leksands (2005-06) and a year with SKA Saint Petersburg of the KHL (2014-15), also winning the Gagarin Cup in 2015.
Ericsson first joined Tre Kronor on the 2008-09 Euro Hockey Tour, despite never having had played for any junior teams, and was called up to his first World Championship in 2010. Ericsson would go on to play at six World Championships (2010-11, 2013-16), winning four medals – one Gold (2013), one Silver (2011) and a pair of Bronzes (2010, 2014). Ericsson was also a surprise addition to Tre Kronor for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, as he was the only non-NHLer on the team, where he got to play in his first and only tournament with his brother Jonathan. Ericsson would notch one goal and two assists in six games, capturing a Silver medal.
Ericsson captured five International Hockey Lineal Championship titles over the course of his career, his first coming in 2009 in a pre-World Championship exhibition match, and his final coming six years later at the 2015 World Championship. We wish Jimmie and his family the very best for his retirement and the things to come!