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Elias tabbed New Jersey Devils captain

Elias tabbed New Jersey Devils captain

Czech star Patrik Elias became the captain of the New Jersey Devils on Thursday, the day before the team's NHL season-opener against Stanley Cup champion Carolina.
Elias, who rejected more money in the offseason to accept a seven-year $42 million (euro33 million) contract to stay in New Jersey, replaces Scott Stevens.
Stevens retired before the 2005-06 season because of problems with concussions. The Devils played without a captain last season.
"There is no question Patrik has demonstrated throughout the years that he is a leader of this team on and off the ice," president and general manager Lou Lamoriello said in a telephone interview from Raleigh, North Carolina. "He became the logical choice."
Lamoriello said that the 30-year-old felt honored when he was told of the decision.
Elias had 16 goals and 29 assists in 38 games last season. He missed the first half of the campaign while recovering from hepatitis, which he contracted while playing in Russia during the lockout season of 2004-05.
Elias is the seventh captain in Devils' history, following Don Lever, Mel Bridgman, Kirk Muller, Bruce Driver, Stevens and Scott Niedermayer.


Updated : 2021-05-17 22:40 GMT+08:00