Devils' all-time leading scorer Patrik Elias announces retirement

New Jersey Devils forward Patrik Elias is hanging up his skates for good.

Elias, a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the Devils' all-time leading scorer, announced his retirement on Friday after spending his entire career in New Jersey.

The 40-year-old has remained an unrestricted free agent this season after undergoing knee surgery in the past offseason.

"After 18 seasons, I am pleased to announce that I will be retiring from the National Hockey League, having played my last game with the New Jersey Devils," Elias said in a statement.

"For the past few months, I have weighed this decision both physically and mentally. I am happy to say this provides me and my family with closure."

Elias will skate with the team one last time during warmups in the Devils' final home game on April 8.

The Devils will celebrate 'Patrik Elias Week' over the team's final three home games and retire his number 26 next season.

He will be just the fifth player in franchise history to have their number raised to the rafters, joining Scott Stevens, Ken Daneyko, Scott Niedermayer and Martin Brodeur.

Elias, who turns 41 next month, retires with 408 goals and 617 assists for 1,025 points in 1,240 games.

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