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Patrik Elias
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Position Left wing
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
195 lb (89 kg)
NHL Team New Jersey Devils
Nationality CZE
Born April 13 1976 (1976-04-13) (age 40),
Třebíč, CS
NHL Draft 51st overall, 1994
New Jersey Devils
Pro Career 1995 – present

Patrik Elias (born April 13, 1976) is a Czech professional hockey left winger and alternate captain for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League. He has garnered much popularity for his puck-handling ability and ability to strike from any place on the ice. A long-time Devil, Eliáš is the franchise's all-time leading scorer, while also holding franchise records for most points in a season (96) and most career game-winning goals (60). Eliáš is also tied with Mats Sundin, Sergei Fedorov, and fellow Czech Jaromír Jágr for the most overtime goals scored in the NHL (15).

Playing careerEdit

Eliáš was drafted by the New Jersey Devils 51st overall (2nd round) in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.

As part of the A Line with Petr Sýkora and Jason Arnott, he helped lead the team to the 1999–2000 Stanley Cup championship. He assisted on Arnott's Cup-clinching goal in double overtime in Game 6 at Dallas. The following year he scored a team record 96 points in the regular season, third best in the league. He also played a key role in helping New Jersey win the Stanley Cup in 2002–03.

During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, he played hockey in Russia, where he contracted Hepatitis A from the food he ate while there. His bout with the disease severely weakened him, resulting in a weight loss of 30 pounds and being confined to a bed for 4 weeks. It kept him out of NHL action until after the lockout was resumed.

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Eliáš before a game in Calgary

Three months into the 2005–06 season, he made his first appearance of the season on January 3, 2006, against the Florida Panthers, 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. Paired with Brian Gionta and Scott Gomez to form the "EGG Line", Eliáš helped the team instrument a historic comeback and win the Atlantic Division title, despite being 19 points out of first place when he returned in January. In the first game of the 2006 playoffs against the New York Rangers, he became the 10th player to score six points in an NHL playoff game, with two goals and four assists. Eliáš' 2006 postseason campaign was spectacular, even though the Devils were eliminated by eventual Cup champions, Carolina, in the second round. Eliáš scored 6 goals and added 10 assists for an impressive 16 points in just 9 games.

He was named the Devils new captain on October 5, 2006, becoming the seventh captain in team history. The previous captain of the Devils was Canadian born defenceman Scott Stevens, now retired. He is also the first European born captain in the history of the franchise.

At the start of the 2007–08 season, Eliáš was stripped of the captaincy by new coach Brent Sutter. The Devils named Jamie Langenbrunner captain on December 5, 2007.

Sutter later placed Eliáš on a top scoring line which consisted of Dainus Zubrus and Brian Gionta. Eliáš is also known to work well with Devils superstar Zach Parise, with whom he occasionally plays with on "heroes line" and frequently plays with on the power-play unit.

On March 17, 2009, Eliáš became the New Jersey 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, giving the edge for Martin Brodeur's record-breaking 552nd win as a goaltender to pass 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 the second star of the night, only behind Brodeur. He saluted the crowd wearing a green tophat in honor of St. Patrick's Day.

PersonalEdit

Eliáš married Petra Volakova in 2007; they currently reside in New Jersey.

AwardsEdit

RecordsEdit

  • 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.
  • Most overtime goals in a season, 4.
  • Most overtime winners, 15 (tied with Mats Sundin and Jaromír Jágr)
  • 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 all-time leader in playoff goals (39), assists (71), and points (110).
  • New Jersey Devils record for hat tricks, 6 (tied with John MacLean).
  • New Jersey Devils record for all time assists, 365.
  • New Jersey Devils record for all-time scoring in goals (293) and total points (702), ahead of John MacLean
  • New Jersey Devils record for game winning goals (60).

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1992–93 HC Rabat Kladno Czecho 2 0 0 0 0
1993–94 HC Rabat Kladno CzEx 15 1 2 3 0 11 2 2 4 0
1994–95 HC Rabat Kladno CzEx 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 CzEx 5 1 4 5 31
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 CzEx 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
NHL totals 822 295 411 706 403 133 40 73 113 77

International playEdit

Olympic medal record
Men's ice hockey
Bronze 2006 Turin Ice hockey

Eliáš played his first game in the national squad in 1998, and has played 20 times for the national team (as of April 2009).

International statisticsEdit

Year Team Competition   GP G A Pts PIM
1998 Czech Republic W.Champ 3 1 0 1 0
2002 Czech Republic Oly 4 1 1 2 0
2004 Czech Republic W.Cup 5 2 3 5 10
2006 Czech Republic Oly 1 0 0 0 2
2008 Czech Republic W.Champ 7 6 3 9 6
Senior int'l totals 20 10 7 17 18


External linksEdit

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

2001
Succeeded by
Chris Chelios
Preceded by
Scott Stevens
Scott Niedermayer
New Jersey Devils captains
2006–07
Succeeded by
Jamie Langenbrunner
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