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Patrik Elias
NUMBER: 26 BIRTHDATE: April 13, 1976  (AGE 38)
HEIGHT: 6' 1" BIRTHPLACE: Trebic, Czech Republic
WEIGHT: 195 DRAFTED: NJD / 1994 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 2nd   (51st overall)
Franchise’s all-time leader with 393g/590a/983pts; also first with 108 PPG & 79 GWG…2013-14: Finished 2nd on the club with 18g-35a-53pts…Appeared in 1,100th career NHL game, Oct. 29 vs. TB...Notched 16th career OT tally Jan. 30 at Dal.; is second in NHL history behind J. Jagr (18)...Posted 16th career SHG Mar. 7 at Det.; needs one SHG to tie J. Madden for first in franchise history...Stats showed points in season-high six consecutive games Feb. 27-Mar. 8 (3g-6a-9pts); and points in five straight Dec. 4-13 (2g-4a-6pts)...Finished with 14 multi-pt. outings, including three season-high 3pt games: 3a Mar. 20 vs. Min., 1g-2a Feb. 27 vs. CBJ and 3a Nov. 20 at Ana...Two-point contests include two goals Jan. 26 vs. NYR at Yankee Stadium…Missed 17 games due to injury/illness…Represented Czech Republic at Winter Olympic Games in Sochi; had 1a in 3 games.
EJC-A All-Star Team (1994) NHL All-Rookie Team (1998) NHL First All-Star Team (2001) Bud Light Plus/Minus Award (2001) (tied with Joe Sakic) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2000, 2002, 2011) Signed as a free agent by Znojmo (CzRep), September 6, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Magnitogorsk (Russia), December 9, 2004. Missed majority of 2005-06 due to hepatitis-A virus.
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He seemed to thrive on his own and didn't really need any push from me. I certainly don't want to get in the way of the coaches. You see how that goes sometimes. I never really worried about it and just enjoyed the ride.

— David Ekblad on his son's [Aaron Ekblad] journey to the NHL, signing with the Florida Panthers