When he's not coaching the Czech Republic national team, Devils legend Patrik Elias likes to spend this time here in New Jersey, back with the Devils in any way he can. Elias has been in town assisting the coaching staff for this year's training camp and says he always enjoys the learning experience and is excited to be part of the organization still.
"I'm just happy I get to be part of it again and for the opportunity to be involved with this organization and getting more experience. Every time I come in you learn something else, you look deeply into what it takes to coach, how it's being done, so it's a great experience for me. I just love learning and watching how it's being done," said Elias.
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Head coach John Hynes also likes having Elias around, saying that having Elias around is great for the team.
"I really have a lot of respect for how he sees the game and not just the game in general, but also individual players and the points that he has on those guys. Offensive things that he sees as well as penalty killing and defensive things, he was such a smart player. He works really well with our staff, I really enjoy having him around and I think he's really good for our players," said Hynes.
For Elias, being back in New Jersey will always feel like home.
"Being here, I feel like I'm home always."