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Elias 'lucky' to have played with Niedermayer

Wednesday, 07.10.2013 / 1:30 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Elias \'lucky\' to have played with Niedermayer

Patrik Elias and Scott Niedermayer were teammates for parts of nine seasons, winning two titles together in 2000 and 2003. Elias spoke about Niedermayer one day after Niedermayer had been named by the Hockey Hall of Fame to its Class of 2013.

Elias and Niedermayer in 2004.
What did you think when you heard that Scott was officially going into the Hall of Fame?
Elias: I didn't know he was that old. (laughs)

I think it's fitting, well deserved. For me, being his teammate for quite a while, he was probably the best defenseman with Scotty [Stevens], obviously, that I had the privilege to play with so far. They both brought different dimensions to the game. Nieder made it look very easy, not just for himself but he made the game easier for us as his teammates and as forwards. He always seemed like a fourth forward out there.

Great guy, great person off the ice, great family. I was the lucky one to be able to play with him.

Was he one of the best skaters you've seen?
He played 25, 30 minutes a game and he didn't have a sweat. He had a couple of drops on his forehead – that's how easy he made it look in the game. He just tried and it didn't look like he was putting any effort into it. I'm sure if he had the will, that maybe he still could play at this point. He's that type of guy.

What do you remember most about his career?
For me, it was when Scotty [Stevens] was done and [Niedermayer] took over as the captain and he really stepped into a different role as a leader. He played some of the best hockey I'd ever seen him play. A lot of people weren't sure what it was going to be like, if he could be in that role because he's a quiet guy. He did an amazing job. For me, that was it, just taking over the team and pretty much carrying the team on his back.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 69 16 24 -3 40
M. Cammalleri 62 25 13 3 38
P. Elias 63 11 21 -16 32
S. Gomez 52 7 24 -7 31
S. Bernier 61 13 14 3 27
T. Zajac 68 11 12 -4 23
A. Larsson 58 3 19 3 22
A. Greene 76 3 18 3 21
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
E. Gelinas 56 6 11 -3 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 28 8 .928 2.19
K. Kinkaid 5 5 3 .918 2.47