Patrik Elias took some time out from training for the 2009-2010 season to answer a few questions about being named the best hockey player in the Czech Republic this past week.
Q: What does it mean to you to be recognized by your country in this way?
Patrik Elias: It is a great honor and I really enjoy being in the company of so many Czech hockey legends. Receiving this award means you were brought up the right way and I would like to thank my teammates in New Jersey and also the Czech national team for helping me to get where I am today.
Q: What was your reaction when you found out you won?
Patrik Elias: I was hoping it would happen but I was pleasantly surprised.
Q: How was the award ceremony?
Patrik Elias: I enjoyed every moment of it even though I was nervous.
Q: Do you enjoy being a role model for young hockey players in the Czech Republic?
Patrik Elias: I think hockey has given me a great life and it is important to appreciate how you got there. I was shown the way from leaders like Scotty Stevens and it's humbling to be looked upon by young players.
Q: Were some of your friends and family able to come to the ceremony?
Patrik Elias: Yes, my wife who plays a big part in my life on and off the ice was in attendance along with my friend Pavlina and her son Matej. I also can't forget to mention my whole family who were cheering for me while watching it on TV. (Dan Altano)
Patrik Elias was named this season's Team MVP by his teammates.1.4.2011
Patrik Elias hat-trick Video16.2.2011
Devils vs Hurricanes 3 : 2/ P. Elias goal/youtube.com