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Patrik Eliáš
Patrik Elias - New Jersey Devils.jpg
Eliáš with the New Jersey Devils in 2014
Born (1976-04-13) 13 April 1976 (age 43)
Třebíč, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Poldi SONP Kladno
New Jersey Devils
LTC Pardubice
JME Znojemští Orli
Metallurg Magnitogorsk
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 51st overall, 1994
New Jersey Devils
Playing career 1992–2016
Website eliaspatrik.com

Patrik Eliáš (Czech pronunciation: [ˈpatrɪk ˈɛlɪjaːʃ] (About this soundlisten); born 13 April 1976) is a Czech-American former professional hockey winger who played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) 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. He also ranks second in points by a Czech-born player in the NHL behind Jaromír Jágr.

Playing career[edit]

Eliáš in 2007

Eliáš was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the second round, 51st overall, in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.

Along with Petr Sýkora and Jason Arnott (who together formed the Devils' famous "A-Line")[1], he helped lead the team to a Stanley Cup in the 2000 Stanley Cup playoffs. He scored twice against Philadelphia Flyers in the deciding Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, [1] and also assisted on Arnott's Stanley 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 NHL. Two years later, he played a key role in New Jersey's 2003 Stanley Cup victory after recording seven points (three goals and four assists) in the finals series against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim [2].

During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Eliáš played hockey in the Russian Superleague (RSL) for Metallurg Magnitogorsk.

Eliáš before a game in Calgary in 2007

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,[2] resuming his role as an alternate captain (replacing Alexander Mogilny). He scored eight points in his first four games to help 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 one NHL playoff game, with two goals and four assists. Eliáš' 2006 playoff campaign was spectacular, despite the fact that the Devils were eliminated by the eventual Stanley Cup champions Carolina Hurricanes in the second round. Eliáš recorded 6 goals and 10 assists for an impressive 16 points in just 9 games.

Unable to reach a contract with the Devils entering 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, negotiations stalled when Rangers general manager Glen Sather would not agree on a no-movement clause in his contract.[3] Eliáš subsequently called Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello and the two sides agreed on a seven-year, $42 million contract that included a no-movement clause.[4]

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.[5] Eliáš became 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 head 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 career NHL 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.

Eliáš in 2012

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 NHL 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 on 17 December 2011 to tie (then surpass) John MacLean as the Devils' leading goalscorer. Eliáš played his 1,000th career 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, against the Montreal Canadiens, Eliáš recorded his 900th career NHL point with one goal and two assists. On 6 January 2015, in a 4–1 victory against the Buffalo Sabres, he became the 82nd player in NHL history to reach 1,000 career points; he recorded one goal and two assists in the game.[6] One month later, on 6 February in the Devils' 4–1 home win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, Eliáš scored his 400th NHL goal, becoming the 91st player in NHL history to do so.[7]

On 31 March 2017, Eliáš announced his retirement from professional ice hockey.[8][9] 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 became the first forward to have his number retired by the Devils[10] and the fifth Devil overall.[11]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Representing  Czech Republic
Ice hockey
Winter Olympics
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Turin
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1998 Switzerland
Bronze medal – third place 2011 Slovakia

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).[12] He was selected as captain of the Czech squad for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Personal life[edit]

Eliáš married Petra Volakova, also a native Czech, in the 2007 off-season. Together they have two daughters.[13] On January 11, 2018, Eliáš became a naturalized citizen of the United States.

Records[edit]

  • 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 career overtime points (37).
  • 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.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1992–93 HC Kladno TCH 2 0 0 0 0
1993–94 HC Kladno CZE 15 1 2 3 0 11 2 2 4 0
1994–95 HC Kladno CZE 28 4 3 7 37 7 1 2 3 12
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 HC Pardubice CZE 5 1 4 5 31
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
2004–05 Metallurg Magnitogorsk RSL 17 5 9 14 28
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
NHL totals 1240 408 617 1025 549 162 45 80 125 89

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1994 Czech Republic EJC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5 2 5 7 2
1998 Czech Republic WC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3 1 0 1 0
2002 Czech Republic Oly 7th 4 1 1 2 0
2004 Czech Republic WCH SF 5 2 3 5 10
2006 Czech Republic Oly 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1 0 0 0 2
2008 Czech Republic WC 5th 7 6 3 9 6
2009 Czech Republic WC 6th 3 2 0 2 2
2010 Czech Republic Oly 7th 5 2 2 4 2
2011 Czech Republic WC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 9 4 5 9 6
2014 Czech Republic Oly 6th 3 0 1 1 0
Junior totals 5 2 5 7 2
Senior totals 40 18 15 33 28

Awards[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Born, Brian (23 February 2018). "The A-Line Reunion: Grade A Company". NHL.com. Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  2. ^ "The Star Ledger" (27 November 2015. pg. 33).
  3. ^ "Curious case of Tim Thomas, NHL's drug policy + 30 Thoughts". CBC Sports. 4 June 2012. Archived from the original on 7 June 2012. Retrieved 18 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Patrik Elias NHL Salary Contract History". Capgeek.com. Archived from the original on 19 December 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Devils name Elias captain". Canadian Press. 10 May 2006. Archived from the original on 15 December 2007. Retrieved 18 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Devils' Elias gets 1,000th point in win vs. Sabres". National Hockey League. 6 January 2015. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Devils forward Patrik Elias scores 400th NHL goal". NHL.com. 6 February 2015. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  8. ^ Caldwell, Dave (31 March 2017). "Patrik Elias, Cornerstone of the Devils' Championship Era, Is Retiring". The New York Times. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  9. ^ Gulitti, Tom (31 March 2017). "Patrik Elias of Devils announces retirement". NHL.com. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  10. ^ Rozel, Dan (2 August 2017). "NJ Devils Announce Patrik Elias's Number Retirement Date". SB Nation - All About the Jersey. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  11. ^ Ryan, Chris (24 February 2018). "Devils retire Patrik Elias' No. 26 'Thank you for letting me be a Devil forever'". NJ.com. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  12. ^ "Liga žen - 1999/2000". Hokej.cz. Archived from the original on 16 October 2012. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  13. ^ "Devils' Patrik Elias and wife, Petra, celebrate birth of daughter". nj.com. 26 February 2014. Retrieved 26 February 2014.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Chris Pronger
Co-winner of the NHL Plus/Minus Award
(with Joe Sakic)

2001
Succeeded by
Chris Chelios
Preceded by
Jaromír Jágr
Golden Hockey Stick
2009
Succeeded by
Tomáš Vokoun
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Scott Stevens
Scott Niedermayer
New Jersey Devils captain
2006–07
Succeeded by
Jamie Langenbrunner