Patrick Elias has definitely enjoyed some highs and lows over the course of his hockey career. Without a doubt, recently suiting up in his 1,000th game for the New Jersey Devils while leading the team to a much needed victory with a goal and two assists in a 5-2 win over the Florida Panthers will be firmly entrenched near the top of his career achievements list.
The Czech Republic born offensive superstar has played his entire NHL career with the Devils and has played an enormous role in making the club a consistent and nearly annual contender, as well as a team that has such an established identity and style of play, it sometimes seems that they have been good forever.
Elias, even after eclipsing the 1,000 games played milestone, is proving in 2011-12 that he still possesses an immense amount of elite level skill and is a player that can put up points with the best players in the game. He is currently leading the Devils in scoring this season, helping them once again position themselves in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff picture, as many teams approach the halfway mark of the season. Patrick brings a wealth of experience to the Devils’ dressing room, including the two Stanley Cup championships (2000, 2003) that he helped bring to New Jersey, something that he undoubtedly draws upon when helping to lead the current incarnation of the Devils towards their ultimate and annual goal.
The man who also consistently represents the Czech Republic on the international stage looks to continue to provide the kind of leadership and offensive flair that has defined his career and helped him reach the highest of heights in the hockey world.
- Patrick became only the third New Jersey player to reach the 1,000-game milestone having only played for the Devils, joining Ken Daneyko (1,283 games) and Martin Brodeur (1,156)
- He is the Devils’ franchise all-time leading scorer in both points and goals
- He currently leads the Devils in scoring with 14 goals and 24 assists for 38 points through 40 games played this season
- Born in Trebic, Czech Republic on April 13, 2976
- Drafted in the 2nd round, 51st overall, in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils
- A member of the Devils 2000 and 2003 Stanley Cup Championship teams
- Has represented the Czech Republic on the international stage on numerous occasions, including the 2006 Turin Olympics where he helped his country capture a bronze medal
- Three-time NHL All-Star (2000, 2002, 2011) and was named to the NHL First All-Star Team for the 2000-01 season