Jump to content

Elias Announces Retirement


sundstrom
 Share

Recommended Posts

Just got email from the Devils

 

#PattysLastLap April 8 Devils vs. Islanders. Having trouble viewing this email?

 

1617_devilslogo_OneJersey_InvestorsBank_black_400x150.png

 

clear.gif

1617_social_fbook.jpg

1617_social_twitter.jpg

1617_social_instagram.jpg

1617_social_snapchat.jpg

1617_social_YT.jpg

clear.gif

 

devils_pattyslastlap_emailheader_600x442.png

clear.gif

   

 

 

PATRIK ELIAS ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT


Dear Jason,

Patrik Elias, two-time Stanley Cup Champion with and franchise goal and point leader of the New Jersey Devils, is announcing his retirement from the National Hockey League today.

The Devils will retire Elias' No. 26 jersey in a ceremony next season. His number will join No. 4 Scott Stevens, No. 3 Ken Daneyko, No. 27 Scott Niedermayer and No. 30 Martin Brodeur in the Prudential Center rafters. (Details are to be determined.)

Since you are a highly valued Premium Season Ticket Member, we wanted to give you the news first. We also want to invite you to exclusive upcoming opportunities with Patty as part of our Fan Appreciation Week presented by Prudential.

Join Us

 

 

April 4 & April 6
5-6:30 p.m. both days

clear.gif

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY WITH PATTY
Take a photo with Patty, exclusively for our most valued Members. You can bring up to eight guests to the photo session.
Please note that you can only attend one of the two photo sessions.
RSVP for April 4 OR
RSVP for April 6

April 4
Devils vs. Philadelphia Flyers | 7 p.m.

clear.gif

PUCK DROP
Patty will drop the ceremonial first puck at the game.
Make sure you're there.

April 7
12 p.m.

clear.gif

OPEN PRACTICE
Patty will skate in an open practice with the whole team. Members will be given early entry.
RSVP for open practice

April 8
Devils vs. New York Islanders | 6 p.m.

clear.gif

#PattysLastLap
Patty will lead the team out to warmups before the game and take his last lap on the Prudential Center main ice. Make sure you don't miss it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We hope to see you all throughout next week to celebrate Patty's career with the Devils!

Please contact your Client Experience Account Executive if you have any questions.

 

 

We hope to see you all throughout next week to celebrate Patty's career with the Devils!

Please contact your Client Experience Account Executive if you have any questions.

 

clear.gif

 

elias-daneyko.600x337.jpg

clear.gif

   

 

 

Patty sits down with Ken Daneyko to talk about his career with the Devils and his decision to retire.

 

clear.gif

 

i-dXmzJ99.gif

clear.gif

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You cannot reply to this email

Prudential Center | 25 Lafayette Street | Newark, NJ 07102

Manage your email preferences or unsubscribe

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

It will really hit me when he skates his last lap...though I strongly suspected he was never coming back, now we know for absolute certain that he's done.  The last on-ice link to one killer Devils era.  You will be missed Patty.  Best of luck to you in whatever you choose to do next. 

There's a nice space on my wall at home that is waiting for you to join the rest.  A very welcome addition for sure.

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Had a feeling it was coming.   All that you can say is he is and was a true model Devil.  Great guy, great player.  That last lap next Saturday will be special.  This indeed is the last link to a great Devils era.  Hopefully we are now in the beginning of starting and building a new great era.  Having him retire and celebrating his career at the end of this season is a great way to wind down this year since it hasn't been all that great.  As sad as it can be to see where we are now and look back at those years that sometimes seem like they were yesterday but in actuality were quite long ago (can't believe the 2000 Cup was 17 years ago and Elias was only 24 years old), I'm trying to be OK with closing that chapter, still forever holding onto the memories, and looking forward to the future and more good memories to come.

Thank you for everything Patty.  Congratulatons on a great career.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

And how cool is it that, where once upon a time the only Devils banner was "1987-88 Patrick Division Playoff Champions", there's now several others (including the 3 Cup Champion banners of course), and soon to be FIVE retired numbers...and even cooler, not one of them feels cheap...two Hall of Famers in the Scotts, with a third soon to follow in Marty, and possibly a 4th in Elias.  Great great times.    

Link to comment
Share on other sites

My all time favorite Devils player.  I will be at the game on Tuesday, but doubtful for next Saturday (but will watch the game from home).  I got a replica jersey of his back in 2000 right before the playoffs started and was my favorite replica that I ever wore.  Been fortunate enough to see his entire career and was at the game where he broke MacLean's points record in the same game as Marty's 552 game in March of 2009.  I will definitely be at his retirement night game next season no if's, and's or butt's.

Here are some of my Elias game used/worn collection that I have collected over the years:

Elias 1995-96 Albany River Rats game worn jersey.  First gamer Patrik wore as a professional hockey player in North America.  Looks like the A was added after he wore it as he was not an alternate that year for the Rats.  I believe I have a photomatch for this as well from a game from January of 96.

33433808546_d55a7899ff_c.jpg

33346308111_a335f0bb33_c.jpg

 

Patrik Elias 2001-02 white set 2 game worn.  Also have this photomatched.

33053707570_f3e24c0f61_c.jpg

32622720573_baf456eea8_c.jpg

 

Patrik Elias 2013-14 White set 1.  Also have this photomatched.  He also wore this in the ceremonial puck drop at the first ever game (preseason) in Brooklyn against the Islanders at Barclays in September 2013.

31391566960_935e2466f6_c.jpg

30922482604_5c3ab41f6b_c.jpg

 

Elias Game worn gloves.  Used mostly during 2013-14 season and photomatched.

33626216681_f54fa2407f_c.jpg

 

Also have a game used autographed stick from Elias, but do not have a pic handy.

  • Like 9
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I am going to go with one more recent, the first goal of our 2011-12 run... the last playoff win I was in attendance for. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iXuxoNecYo

Patrik will always be my favorite player. I'm going to cry when he drops the puck on the 4th and then cry again when he skates that last lap on the 8th... then cry some more when his number is retired next year.

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

People talk about how this franchise has hit such rough times and they go back and forth about Parise leaving and Kovalchuk leaving and this guy not living up to expectations and that guy not, but I almost never hear anyone mention the simple fact that Patrik Elias stopped being a 1st line forward.  He was a first-line forward for almost 15 years, and we usually took him for granted.  He was never the fastest player and he probably didn't have the best shot on the team either, but he's probably the smartest player I've ever seen.

 

  • Like 8
Link to comment
Share on other sites

22 minutes ago, GoArmySports said:

http://oi41.tinypic.com/slgxt1.jpg

 

The ignoring of Sykora will never get old. 

Haha, never seen that before.  Did they have some kind of falling out or something?  Sykora was always my favorite player.

Nevermind, looks like later on in the clip he was joking about it, I assume.  Guess he just didn't see him when he turned around so quickly.  Pretty hilarious.

Edited by NJDfan1711
Link to comment
Share on other sites

4 minutes ago, Triumph said:

People talk about how this franchise has hit such rough times and they go back and forth about Parise leaving and Kovalchuk leaving and this guy not living up to expectations and that guy not, but I almost never hear anyone mention the simple fact that Patrik Elias stopped being a 1st line forward.  He was a first-line forward for almost 15 years, and we usually took him for granted.  He was never the fastest player and he probably didn't have the best shot on the team either, but he's probably the smartest player I've ever seen.

 

Amen to that.  I've always appreciated his hockey smarts. He was a very patient player with the puck.  Good penalty killer too.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

3 minutes ago, NJDfan1711 said:

Haha, never seen that before.  Did they have some kind of falling out or something?  Sykora was always my favorite player.

I have heard rumors for a good 15 years now that Elias and Sykora were not nearly as close as fans and others made them out to be.  In fact, most of those rumors have pointed that Arnott and Elias were closer friends and that neither cared much for Sykora after the 2000 playoffs.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
 Share

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.