NEW YORK – New Jersey Devils forward Patrik Elias has been fined $2,500, the maximum allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for boarding Montreal Canadiens forward Mike Blunden in NHL Game No. 755 in Newark on Thursday, Feb. 2, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 18:54 of the first period. A minor penalty for boarding was assessed on the play.
The fine money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
It's really exciting. I'm pretty sure that when I play my first game I'm going to be emotional. To be back on the ice playing a game, being in game situations, with all the routines and rituals I do before games and during the game, I feel like I'm going to be emotional. I'm going to be really happy.
— Montreal Canadiens forward Tim Bozon on playing for the first time since his life-threaning illness