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Elias named to roster for 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend

by Staff Writer / New Jersey Devils

Devils forward Patrik Elias was one of 36 players named to the roster for the 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend set for Jan. 23-25 in Columbus, the National Hockey League announced today.

Six rookies also were chosen to participate in the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition.

The All-Star Game will be played Jan. 25 at Nationwide Arena (5 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports). Teams will be selected at the 2015 NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft presented by DraftKings on Jan. 23 (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports).

Each of the 30 NHL teams will have at least one representative in the game; 21 forwards, 10 defensemen and five goalies were added to six players chosen by fan vote: Buffalo Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons, and Chicago Blackhawks forwards Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, defensemen Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook, and goaltender Corey Crawford.

The teams will be coached by Peter Laviolette of the Nashville Predators and Darryl Sutter of the Los Angeles Kings.

It’s the fourth All-Star Game nod for Elias, who was previously selected in 2000, 2002 and 2011. The honor comes in what has already been a milestone season for the Devils’ all-time leading scorer. On Tuesday, he recorded his 600th career assist and 1,000th career point, becoming just the 80th and 82nd player in League history, respectively, to achieve those marks.

With 399 goals, Elias is one away from becoming the 91st player to reach 400.

Elias has revved up his offensive production with five points (2g-5a) in his last four games, including a team season-high (tie) three-point night (1g-2a) in Tuesday’s rout of Buffalo. He has 18 points (6g-12a) in 34 games this season, tying him for fourth on the club.

He posted points in three straight games from Oct. 9-14 (1g-2a), and has had points in back-to-back games three times: Oct. 24-25 (2a), Nov. 15-18 (1g-2a) and Jan. 3-6 (2g-2a).

The Trebic, Czech Rep., native has led the Devils in scoring eight times and finished second four times in his previous 16 NHL seasons. He appeared in his 1,100th NHL game on Oct. 29, 2013.

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