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Catching up with... Patrik Elias

Devils' forward checks in from Prague before making time for UNICEF

Friday, 08.15.2008 / 1:32 PM ET / Features
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Catching up with... Patrik Elias

Elias talked about his offseason plans from his home in Prague.

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newjerseydevils.com – Hockey fans already know Patrik Elias for his scoring touch around the net. The Devils forward has the most game-winning goals in club history and currently owns a share of the team's all-time mark for assists.

Beyond his achievements on the ice, the two-time Stanley Cup champion is also known for his contributions to UNICEF. Now in its 62nd year, UNICEF's mission involves helping children across the globe overcome obstacles such as poverty and disease.

Elias has been involved with UNICEF since 2006, when he was named a Goodwill Ambassador, and in the two years since, the Czech Republic native has focused his support on the organization's vaccination efforts around the world. 

Elias will enter his 12th campaign in New Jersey when the Devils' regular season opens at home against the New York Islanders on Friday, Oct. 10. Newjerseydevils.com caught up with Elias from his offseason home in Prague as he prepared for a trip with UNICEF next month.


Elias:
So far this summer, I've been spending time with my family while training, traveling and preparing to continue my work with UNICEF in Belize this September. I've also visited Paris and Athens, took a trip through Italy, and stopped in Switzerland to see the 2008 Euro Cup.
 

Elias has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2006. His upcoming trip to Belize will address afterschool and day care support programs, HIV outreach, and initiatives supporting sports development for children.

My hometown of Trebic in the Czech Republic is a small town of about 45,000 people. It's a unique place – the center of town is in a valley, but residences and businesses are built into the hills around it. There's a lot of history there... the city itself dates back to the 13th century.

For the last three years, I've lived in Prague during the offseason. I consider it to be the most beautiful city in the world, and hockey is the most popular sport here. The best part about having the summers off is that I can see my family and spend quality time with my wife, Petra, driving through Prague to enjoy the sights.

On a typical day during the offseason, I get up at 7:30 a.m. and eat some breakfast before I workout. This summer, I've been training with Martin Havlat of the Blackhawks and Roman Hamrlik of the Canadiens.

After lunch, I get in another workout that can include the bikes, or other sports like tennis, squash or soccer. I have dinner with my wife, and before I know it, the days are usually over. 

My wife and I have been getting some work done on our apartment in Prague, but when I have a chance to take a break from that, we go out to a movie or a show.

It was great to see that Bobby [Holik] is coming back, but to add Brian Rolston was great, as well. Rolston is a guy with great speed and a dangerous shot that's going to help our offense a lot.

This year, the Devils will be having the first training camp at Prudential Center, and I'm looking forward to it. It's a great facility with everything that we need to get ready for the upcoming season.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59