There is an updated article on this player here: Daniel Erlich
After starting his 2014-15 season with Mariestad BoIS in Sweden’s Division 1, Ontario Hockey League grad Daniel Erlich has switched teams and should finish out the season with Ostersunds IK. 2014-15 marks Erlich’s first full season of pro hockey after two years with the Western Mustangs in the OUA. So far, combined between the two teams in Sweden’s tier 3, Daniel is producing at a respectable point per game pace.
Erlich played five years in the OHL from 2007-08 to 2011-12 with the London Knights, Guelph Storm and Barrie Colts. He was a seventh round pick by London at the 2007 OHL Priority Selection, 140th overall. Daniel was traded to the Storm 32 games into the 2010-11 season. Interestingly, with both London and Guelph that season, he scored ten and assisted on 22 for 32 points, a combined 20 goals, 44 assists and 64 points. Erlich played three less games with Guelph.
After starting 2011-12 with EC Salzburg Red Bull in Austria’s Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (EBEL), he returned to the OHL after 16 games. He did not return to Guelph, instead signing with the Barrie Colts. Over his 260 regular season games in the OHL, Erlich scored 68 and assisted on 151 for 219 points. Over 48 Robertson Cup playoff games, he added 49 points.
Undrafted to the National Hockey League, Erlich spent two years in the OUA with the University of Western Ontario Mustangs in London, Ontario. In 2012-13, he was named to the OUA West All-Rookie Team. In 2013-14, he led the entire CIS in scoring with ten goals and 40 assists for 50 points over 28 games. Daniel was also named a OUA West First Team All-Star.
On the international front, Erlich has competed for Israel since he was a junior. In the past two years, he has played for Israel at the IIHF World Hockey Championships. In 2013, Daniel played a major role in Israel going 4-1 and finishing in first place in the six team Division 2B. Israel competed against New Zealand, Mexico, China, Turkey and Bulgaria, earning a promotion to D2A for 2014. Erlich went on a tear, scoring seven and assisting on 16 for 23 points over the five games. He led the tournament in assists and points.
In 2014, Israel finished last of six in the tougher Division 2B. The team managed one overtime win, along with two overtime losses and 2 regulation losses. Competing against Estonia, Iceland, Serbia, Australia and Belgium, Israel was demoted back to the D2B for 2015. Erlich scored two and assisted on eight for ten points over the five games and led the tournament in assists.
Ostersunds competes in Sweden’s Division 1, the third level of pro hockey after the SHL and Allsvenskan. The team plays out of the Ostersund Arena in Ostersund, Sweden, a 2,000 seat venue that opened in 2013. The city is located in Central Sweden and has a population of just over 44,000 with a metro population of around 60,000. Ostersund has failed on numerous attempts to win the bid to host the Winter Olympic Games.