Height: 6' 1", Weight: 195 pounds
Born: 4.13.76 Trebic, Czech Republic
|How he arrived: Via Entry Draft
How he left: Retired, 3.31.17
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Elias was one of the more skilled players to come out of the Czech Republic in the mid-90s. He was also one of the
harder working players that the Devils got in that time. He even refused to join the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey
League (a junior A team) to immediately join the Albany River Rats, the Devils' AHL farm team for the 95-96 season.
While there, he exhibited his skill and determination to the point where he earned a call-up to the main team.
He would ultimately get a permanent spot in 97-98 and earned a Calder Trophy nomination, finishing third behind
winner Sergei Samsonov and Matthias Ohlund.
Also that year, Elias was passed up to be part of the Czech team that won gold in the Nagano Olympics, which bummed
him out, but made him more determined to show what he can do. All he did was win 2 Stanley Cups, set a
team/franchise record for points in a season, and had 5 consecutive 20-plus goal seasons, 3 of those being 30-plus, and
of course, the Four-0 season in 00-01. (To this day, he's still breaking records, mostly career totals now.)
While playing in the Russian League during the lockout, he contracted Hepatitis A, which kept him out of action well
into the 05-06 season once the NHL finally resumed play. He came back, though, like a house on fire then.
He earned the captaincy the following year. He felt the pressure big time of trying to be a good captain that his play
suffered at times, although he didn't have a bad year statswise. He even struggled at the beginning of the 07-08 season
(now without the C). Brent Sutter made a bold move by moving him to center to try and get him more involved in the
play. It ended up being a great move; his play picked up immensely.
Even in his later years, he still remained a go-to guy when the game's on the line. He's one of the league record holders
for OT game winning goals in regular season play.
You can almost forgive him then for getting the flu twice a season then, probably because his immune system is not the
same thanks to the Hep. (There was a joke at one time where fans would call for him to "do it for the Hep." Well, he
did it, alright, to the tune of breaking close to every offensive record on the team and becoming the first Devil to record
a 1000 career points.)
|Entry Draft: 1994 Second Round Pick (51st overall) by the
New Jersey Devils
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise