The Devils announced today that they will be unveiling the five game “Patty Pack” ticket package.
Usually I do not write about ticketing for the Devils other than to mention when tickets go sale or something. But this one caught my eye because of the historical slant it has to it: all of the five games included in the package have some significance to Patrik Elias’ career in some way.
The first game included is on Saturday, December 23, 2017 against the Chicago Blackhawks. Patrik Elias famously became the all-time leader in points against the Hawks back on March 17, 2009. On that night, he recorded an assist on Brian Gionta’s goal at 16:56 of the second period to surpass John MacLean as the franchise’s all-time leader with 702. That was also the night that Martin Brodeur became the NHL’s all-time wins leader for goaltenders as the Devils came away with the 3-2 win.
Game number two on the slate is Saturday, January 13, 2018 against the Philadelphia Flyers. Now, nobody is happier to see Elias retire more than Flyer fans. He was a true Flyers killer throughout his career. But nothing stands out like game seven of the 2000 Eastern Conference Final. The Devils had battled back from being down three games to one to force a seventh game and Elias has both of the Devils two goals as a 2-1 victory ended the Flyers’ higher hopes and paved the way for the Devils to win Stanley Cup number two. He also played a pretty big role in securing that championship as well.
Game three of five is against the Boston Bruins on Sunday, February 11, 2018. The Bruins are significant here because Patty scored his first of 408 career goals against them back on December 12, 1996. Elias scored at 16:25 of the second period with assists to Jay Pandolfo and Bobby Holik. The Devils would end up winning 7-4 that night in Boston and Elias’ career was on it’s way.
The next game takes place on Saturday, February 24, 2018 against the New York Islanders and is the night of the jersey retirement ceremony. The Islanders are, of course, the team that the Devils were facing on the night of “Patty’s Last Lap,” when Elias took warmups with the team for the final time. Plus, they are a divisional rival that Patty faced many times over the years, although it has been almost thirty years since the two teams last faced off in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, so he never got to victimize them the way he did Philly.
The final game in the package takes place on Tuesday, April 3 versus the New York Rangers and is kind of a no-brainer. The two teams are bitter rivals and, according to Brian Born of the Devils’ official website, Patrik Elias played his absolute best against the cross-river rivals. Born states that Patty had 23 goals, 50 assists for 70 points in 84 games played against New York. That is good for .869 points per game against the Rangers. If you thought Patrik Elias got up for games against the Flyers, he must have loved seeing the Rangers lined up in front of him.
This is a great idea for a promotional package and a great way to get fans of Patrik Elias out to witness some Devils hockey. This season might be tough in terms of on-ice performance for the young Devils, as they learn their way through the NHL. But we can always look to the past to hold us over until the team is competitive again.
If you are interested, more info is available here.