Elias Catches Hepatitis A – Out Indefinitely?


NJ Devils star Patrick Ellas has a case of Hepatitis A which reportedly damages the liver and is not curable. Rest and diet can improve symptoms say doctors but it is unclear if the NJ star will ever be able to play.

Hepatitis A, according to doctors noted in the Newark Star-Ledger story, comes from oral-fecal contact and is often found in underdeveloped countries. Ellas was playing in Russia when he became sick.


I am no fan of the Devils team but this simply a horrible story. No player deserves to have this happen to them. It makes me personally more angry that there wasn’t a deal done this year to save hockey. Unfortunately, add Elias’ to the list of damage from this unthinkably stupid situation.

3 Responses to Elias Catches Hepatitis A – Out Indefinitely?

  1. habsoverserver says:

    The aartcile cites Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello saying team doctors have told him Elias should be able to make a full recovery within three to six months.

    I hope this is correct and wish Elias a complete and speedy recovery.

  2. ranger_fan says:

    “Our doctors have looked at all the information and believe that everything will be fine,” Devils president Lou Lamoriello said Tuesday.

    That sounds good, but this does not.

    Elias, 29, is believed to have contracted the illness while playing in Russia during the NHL lockout. He lost 30 pounds and was hospitalized in the Czech Republic for almost a month.

  3. Maximus says:

    I cought Hepatitis B and was too hospitalized. I lost 30 some pounds…felt horrible. Hep B is somewhat more serious than Hep A. After rest and a healthy diet…I was back up and running, better than before. He should be fine when the season begins again. I believe John Cullen contracted the Hep A virus in 1989 and went on to have the best two years of his career after his illness.

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