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NEWARK , N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils retired career scoring leader Patrik Elias’ No. 26 jersey in a ceremony before their game against the New York Islanders on Saturday night.The 41-year-old former Czech forward played his final game in 2016, finishing a 20-year career in New Jersey with two Stanley Cup championships and most of the team’s scoring records.”For someone growing up in Eastern Europe, in a communist country, there’s no way I could have ever dreamed of this day,” said Elias, whose eyes welled with tears during his speech that was interrupted several times by chants of ”Paddy! Paddy!”Always a fan favorite, Elias walked through a section of the stands at the Prudential Center before taking his place on the ice with his wife Richard Panik Jersey , two daughters, former and current teammates and the franchise’s owners and management.The podium on the ice was shaped as a puck with the No. 26 on it, and it was by surrounded by other super-sized pucks with the same number and two trophies, the Stanley Cup and The Prince of Wales trophy, presented to the Eastern Conference winner.Elias played on four conference champions, scoring the winning goal in Game 7 against Philadelphia in 2000.Elias is the first European player to have his number retired by the Devils, and the first forward. Defensemen Scott Stevens (No. 4) Womens Shane Doan Jersey , Scott Niedermayer (No. 27) and Ken Daneyko (No. 3) and goaltender Martin Brodeur (No. 30) also had their jerseys retired. All four were in attendance with Brodeur, of course, getting the biggest ovation.It was appropriate that Elias’ No. 26 was raised to the rafters at the Prudential Center against the Islanders, the team he played his most games against, 91, and had his most points, 86.Elias is the Devils’ leader in points (1025) Anders Bjork Jersey , goals (408), assists (617), points in one season (96), points in a playoff season (23) and game-winning goals (80), .— B+ / 9th overallSince Ray Shero took over as New Jersey Devils GM in 2015, his main focus involved adding picks to the organization, and since 2016 New Jersey has picked 26 players to replenish a system that did not produce much NHL talent early in the decade. (New Jersey had just 34 picks in the six drafts from 2010 to 2015 鈥?eight fewer than the 42 they started with.) Those deeper draft classes haven鈥檛 paid off at the NHL level yet outside of 2017 No. 1 overall pick Nico Hischier. The Devils still have 21 picks in the next three drafts and will aim to keep adding assets while some of the players below help the team climb back into contention.1. Ty聽Smith (20th overall)D Bobby Orr Jersey , 18, 5-11, 177 鈥?Spokane (WHL)52鈥?鈥?8鈥?4鈥?92018 draft, 17th overallSmith showed enough to make a serio... All-Access +All-Access Member AreaPremium content and in-depth analysis from our team of experts exclusively for magazine subscribers. Simply login to unlock the content or become a member for less than $2.50 a month.LoginBecome a Member

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