Wings to retire jersey of goalie Eliuk

Posted: March 02, 2012

LONGTIME WINGS goaltender Dallas Eliuk will see his No. 35 jersey retired tomorrow night before the team's home game against the Rochester Knighthawks.

Eliuk played 15 seasons with the Wings, from 1991-2005, earning All-Pro honors nine times as well as 15 NLL All-Star selections. He is the league's all-time saves leader (6,536) and won four Champion's Cups, including two Champion's Cup MVP awards (1998, 2001).

"Dallas was the cornerstone of the Wings defense for over a decade," Wings president and co-owner Michael French said. "Many times he single-handedly carried the team on his back when we most needed it. He seemed to always come up with a key save or a series of saves that changed the game's momentum in the Wings favor. He was an extremely athletic goaltender and to this day is still one of our fans' all-time favorites."

Known for his reflexes, acrobatics and foot speed, Eliuk holds a career saves percentage of 76.24 and a career goals-against-average of 12.24.

"This tells me that the fans and the city embraced me for what I did on the field, and in the community and for that I am and will be eternally grateful," Eliuk said. "To the Wings fans, none of this would've happened without you. From the bottom of my heart I want to thank each of you for the support, and for making the 15 years with the Wings organization the highlight of my life."

Game time is 7 o'clock tomorrow at the Wells Fargo Center.

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