After not signing with the team this past offseason, New Jersey Devils forward Patrik Elias was left with a choice has made the decision to retire.
He will skate with the team one last time, during warm ups before their last home game of the season against the New York Islanders. It will be his last lap in red. A sad way to end a sad season.
Elias retires as a two-time Stanley Cup Champion, and while he didn’t win any individual trophy himself, he was a model for how to play two-way hockey and is the all-time franchise leader in points, with 1,025.
The 40-year-old also holds the franchise records for goals and assists with 408 and 617. He added 125 points in the postseason in 162 games was the closest Devil to 100 points in a season with 96 in 2000-01.
Elias will have his number retired next season, joining his former teammates. The only thing that has to be decided is which day it will happen on, and how many boxes of tissues to bring. Patrik Elias retiring signals the end of an era in New Jersey.
Thank you for all the memories, Patty.