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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.

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

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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.

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

April 7
12 p.m.

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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.

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#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.

 

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

 

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I wanna hear it loud and proud from everyone: THANK YOU PATTY!!


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I'm glad that disaster against Dallas on Sunday wasn't my last game for the year. I'm sure the rock will look more like opening night than fan appreciation day. 

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My favorite foward of all-time. 

Jealous of you guys that are going to get to go to his jersey night. Good luck to Patty whatever he does next. Hopefully it will be the Devils. 

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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.

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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.

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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.    

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Got my tickets for April 8. Glad I have reasons to look forward to that game besides it being the almost end of this miserable season.


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Elias was just on with Boomer and Carton.  Good interview.  He's going to play in their charity hockey game in a few weeks too. 

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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IM NOT CRYING YOURE CRYING

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1000 points and 2 Stanley cups. That should be a HOFer, yea?

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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.

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21 minutes ago, Martyisth3b3st said:

1000 points and 2 Stanley cups. That should be a HOFer, yea?

I think so.

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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.

 

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22 minutes ago, GoArmySports said:

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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.

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A sad day we knew was coming. I don't even think I am biased in saying he is the most underrated player in the last 20 years. Such a great player and example, the best forward we have ever had.

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I had a wicked deke with Elias on one of the old EA NHL games back in the day. Used to piss off my friend something fierce. :lol:

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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.

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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.

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Thank you for everything Patty. I'm hoping Gamecenter will cover the pre-game next week.

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