This Saturday night Patrik Elias will become fifth New Jersey Devil to have his number retired. Elias' number 26 jersey banner will be raised to the rafters of Prudential Center prior to the Devils' game with the Islanders.
After his Thursday news conference, I had a brief chat with Patrik about his big night and his thoughts on playing in Newark.
During the interview, the Devils all-time leading scorer mentioned why former teammate Brendan Morrison is so special to him. Morrison will be at Saturday's jersey retirement ceremony. Elias also told me how his wife Petra is responsible for how well he treated the media throughout much of his humble and respected career.
During the news conference this week, Elias talked about the bond he built with Devils' fans. The forward spent his entire career with New Jersey.
Elias is the first offensive player to have his Devils number retired. The other four were responsible for keeping the puck out of their own net: Defensemen Ken Daneyko (#3), Scott Stevens (#4), Scott Niedermayer (#27) and goalie Martin Brodeur (#30). All four will be on hand for Saturday's ceremony.
Elias says he's exciting that he will have a large group of family members coming in from the Czech Republic to celebrate his big night.
Click below to hear the feature on the jersey retirement ceremony for Patrik Elias at Prudential Center.