Eliáš with the New Jersey Devils in 2014
13 April 1976|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)|
Poldi SONP Kladno|
New Jersey Devils
JME Znojemští Orli
|National team||Czech Republic|
51st overall, 1994|
New Jersey Devils
Patrik Eliáš (Czech pronunciation: [ˈpatrɪk ˈɛlɪjaːʃ] (listen); born 13 April 1976) is a Czech-American former professional hockey winger who played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League with the New Jersey Devils. Eliáš is the franchise's all-time leader in points, goals and assists, and he holds the franchise records for the most points in a season (96) along with most career game-winning goals (79). Eliáš has won the Stanley Cup twice with the Devils, in 2000 and 2003.
Along with Petr Sýkora and Jason Arnott, he helped lead the team to the 1999–2000 Stanley Cup championship. He scored twice against Philadelphia Flyers in conference finals deciding game 7 , he also assisted on Arnott's Cup-clinching goal in double overtime in Game 6 away against the Dallas Stars. The following year, he scored a team-record 96 points in the regular season, third best in the league. Two years later he played a key role in New Jersey 2003 Stanley Cup victory recording 7 points (3+4) in the finals against Anaheim Ducks .
Three months into the 2005–06 season, Eliáš made his first appearance of the season on 3 January 2006, against the Florida Panthers, after missing 39 games due to Hepatitis A, resuming his role as an alternate captain (replacing Alexander Mogilny). He picked up where he left off, scoring eight points in his first four games and helping the Devils win his first nine games back with the team. In the first game of the 2006 playoffs against the New York Rangers, he became the tenth player to score six points in an NHL playoff game, with two goals and four assists. Eliáš' 2006 post-season campaign was spectacular, even though the Devils were eliminated by eventual Cup champions, the Carolina Hurricanes, in the second round. Eliáš scored six goals and added ten assists for an impressive 16 points in just nine games.
Unable to reach a deal with the Devils headed into the 2006 off-season, Eliáš tested unrestricted free agency. In addition to offers from the Chicago Blackhawks and the Montreal Canadiens, Eliáš verbally agreed to sign with the rival New York Rangers on 1 July. However, talks hit a snag when Rangers General Manager Glen Sather would not agree on a no-movement clause. Eliáš then called Devils GM Lou Lamoriello and the two sides agreed on a seven-year, $42 million contract that included a no-movement clause.
Eliáš was named the Devils' new captain on 5 October 2006, becoming the seventh captain in the team's history. The previous captain of the Devils was defenseman Scott Stevens, now retired. He is also the first European born captain in the history of the franchise. However, at the start of the 2007–08 season, Eliáš was stripped of the captaincy by incoming coach Brent Sutter. The Devils named Jamie Langenbrunner his replacement as captain on 5 December 2007.
Sutter later placed Eliáš on a top scoring line which consisted of Dainus Zubrus and Brian Gionta. Eliáš was also known to work well with Devils winger Zach Parise, with whom he occasionally played with on "Heroes Line" and frequently played with on the power-play unit.
On 17 March 2009, Eliáš became the Devils' all-time leading scorer by recording his 702nd regular season point, an assist on Brian Gionta's shorthanded goal. Gionta's goal was the game-winner in a 3–2 win over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks, providing the difference in goaltender Martin Brodeur's record-breaking 552nd win to surpass Patrick Roy, who held the former record at 551 wins. Chants of "Pa-trik E-li-as" were heard as Devils' PA announcer Kevin Clark confirmed to the crowd that Eliáš had broken John MacLean's record. Eliáš was named the second star of the night, behind only Brodeur.
Eliáš was the winner of the 2009 Golden Hockey Stick as the world's best Czech hockey player, ending Jaromír Jágr's four-year streak. He scored his 300th career goal on 12 December 2009, against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Despite a weak first half by the Devils during the 2010–11 season, Eliáš was selected to be the Devils sole representative at the 2011 NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh, North Carolina. This was his third All-Star appearance, and he was eventually selected by Team Staal in the first-ever NHL All-Star "fantasy draft." On 19 February 2011, Eliáš recorded the 800th point of his career with his third assist of the game against the Carolina Hurricanes. At the conclusion of the season, on 1 April, Eliáš scored his eighth career hat trick, coming against the Philadelphia Flyers.
In the following 2011–12 season, Eliáš scored two goals (347, 348) against the Montreal Canadiens to tie, then pass John MacLean as the leading goal scorer for the Devils on 17 December 2011. Eliáš played his 1,000th NHL game on 6 January 2012, against the Florida Panthers. In the game, he scored a goal and recorded two assists in a 5–2 victory.
On 27 January 2013, Eliáš Recorded his 900th career point with a goal and two assists against the Montreal Canadiens. On 6 January 2015, Eliáš became the 82nd player in NHL history to recorded 1,000 career points in a 4–1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. He scored one goal and had two assists. A month later, on 6 February, Eliáš scored his 400th NHL goal, becoming the 91st player in the league's history to do so, in the Devils' 4–1 home win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
On 31 March 2017, Eliáš announced his retirement from professional ice hockey. On August 3, 2017, the Devils announced that his #26 will be formally retired on February 24, 2018, prior to a game against the New York Islanders, the team against whom Eliáš played the most games in his career (91) and scored the most points against (86) over his career. Eliáš is also the first forward to have his number retired by the Devils. He became the fifth Devils player to have his jersey retired.
|Representing Czech Republic|
Eliáš played his first game in the national squad in 1998, and has played 40 times for the national team, score 20 goals (as of end of season 2010/2011). He was selected as the Captain of the Czech Republic for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Eliáš married Petra Volakova, also a native Czech, in the 2007 off-season. Together they have two daughters, named Sophia Gabriella born on 27 November 2010 and Kaila Patricie born on 26 February 2014. On January 11, 2018 Eliáš became a naturalized citizen of the United States.
- New Jersey Devils record for career points (1025).
- New Jersey Devils record for career goals (408).
- New Jersey Devils record for career assists (617).
- New Jersey Devils all-time leader in playoff goals (45), assists (80), and points (125).
- New Jersey Devils record for most points in one season (96).
- New Jersey Devils record for most points in a playoff season (23).
- New Jersey Devils record for career game-winning goals (79).
- New Jersey Devils record for career overtime goals (16).
- Most overtime goals in a season (4).
- New Jersey Devils record for career hat tricks (8).
- New Jersey Devils record for career shots on goal (3,201).
- New Jersey Devils record for career power play goals (110).
- Eliáš is the only NHL player to be awarded two penalty shots in overtime. Both occurred in separate games versus the New York Islanders, and in both cases, Eliáš missed the penalty shot.
Regular season and playoffs
|1995–96||Albany River Rats||AHL||74||27||36||63||83||4||1||1||2||2|
|1995–96||New Jersey Devils||NHL||1||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|1996–97||Albany River Rats||AHL||57||24||43||67||76||6||1||2||3||8|
|1996–97||New Jersey Devils||NHL||17||2||3||5||2||8||2||3||5||4|
|1997–98||Albany River Rats||AHL||3||3||0||3||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||New Jersey Devils||NHL||74||18||19||37||28||4||0||1||1||0|
|1998–99||New Jersey Devils||NHL||74||17||33||50||34||7||0||5||5||6|
|1999–00||New Jersey Devils||NHL||72||35||37||72||58||23||7||13||20||9|
|1999–00||Horácká Slavia Třebíč||1.Liga||2||1||2||3||18||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||New Jersey Devils||NHL||82||40||56||96||51||25||9||14||23||10|
|2001–02||New Jersey Devils||NHL||75||29||32||61||36||6||2||4||6||6|
|2002–03||New Jersey Devils||NHL||81||28||29||57||22||24||5||8||13||26|
|2003–04||New Jersey Devils||NHL||82||38||43||81||44||5||3||2||5||2|
|2004–05||HC JME Znojemští Orli||CZE||28||8||20||28||65||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||New Jersey Devils||NHL||38||16||29||45||20||9||6||10||16||4|
|2006–07||New Jersey Devils||NHL||75||21||48||69||38||10||1||9||10||4|
|2007–08||New Jersey Devils||NHL||74||20||35||55||38||5||4||2||6||4|
|2008–09||New Jersey Devils||NHL||77||31||47||78||32||7||1||2||3||2|
|2009–10||New Jersey Devils||NHL||58||19||29||48||40||5||0||4||4||2|
|2010–11||New Jersey Devils||NHL||81||21||41||62||16||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||New Jersey Devils||NHL||81||26||52||78||16||24||5||3||8||10|
|2012–13||New Jersey Devils||NHL||48||14||22||36||22||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||New Jersey Devils||NHL||65||18||35||53||30||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014–15||New Jersey Devils||NHL||69||13||21||34||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|2015–16||New Jersey Devils||NHL||16||2||6||8||10||—||—||—||—||—|
- 1998: World championship Bronze medal, Czech Republic
- 1997–98: NHL All-Rookie team
- 1999–2000: Stanley Cup champion, New Jersey Devils
- 1999–2000: NHL All-Star Game participant
- 2000–01: NHL First All-Star team
- 2000–01: NHL Bud Light Plus/Minus Award (shared with Joe Sakic)
- 2001–02: NHL All-Star Game participant
- 2002–03: Stanley Cup champion, New Jersey Devils
- 2006: Olympic Bronze medal, Czech Republic
- 2009, 2012: Golden Hockey Stick
- 2010–11: NHL All-Star Game participant
- 2011: World championship Bronze medal, Czech Republic
- 2014–15: NHL All-Star Game participant
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|Awards and achievements|
| Co-winner of the NHL Plus/Minus Award
(with Joe Sakic)
| Golden Hockey Stick
| New Jersey Devils captain