Eliá? 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 Znojem?tí Orli
|National team||Czech Republic|
51st overall, 1994|
New Jersey Devils
Patrik Eliá? (Czech pronunciation: ['patr?k '?l?ja:?] ; born 13 April 1976) is a Czech former professional hockey winger who played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the New Jersey Devils. Eliá? 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). Eliá? 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. Internationally Eliá? represented the Czech national team in multiple tournaments, including four Winter Olympics and four World Championships, winning one Olympic bronze medal and two more at the World Championships.
Along with Petr Sýkora and Jason Arnott (who together formed the Devils' famous "A-Line"), 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,  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 .
Three months into the 2005-06 season, Eliá? 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 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. Eliá?' 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. Eliá? 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, Eliá? tested unrestricted free agency. In addition to offers from the Chicago Blackhawks and the Montreal Canadiens, Eliá? 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. Eliá? 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.
Eliá? 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. Eliá? became the first European-born captain in the history of the franchise. However, at the start of the 2007-08 season, Eliá? 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 Eliá? on a top scoring line which consisted of Dainus Zubrus and Brian Gionta. Eliá? 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, Eliá? 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 Eliá? had broken John MacLean's record. Eliá? was named the second star of the night, behind only Brodeur.
Eliá? 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, Eliá? 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, Eliá? 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, Eliá? scored his eighth career hat trick, coming against the Philadelphia Flyers.
In the following 2011-12 season, Eliá? scored two goals (347, 348) against the Montreal Canadiens on 17 December 2011 to tie (then surpass) John MacLean as the Devils' leading goalscorer. Eliá? 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, Eliá? 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. One month later, on 6 February in the Devils' 4-1 home win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, Eliá? scored his 400th NHL goal, becoming the 91st player in NHL history to do so.
On 31 March 2017, Eliá? 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 Eliá? played the most games in his career (91) and scored the most points against (86) over his career. Eliá? became the first forward to have his number retired by the Devils and the fifth Devil overall.
Eliá? 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 captain of the Czech squad for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Eliá? married Petra Volakova, also a native Czech, in the 2007 off-season. Together they have two daughters. On January 11, 2018, Eliá? became a naturalized citizen of the United States.
Elias coaches the Czech National Team. Elias works with the Devils in a coaching role for a few weeks each year.
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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