The oldest Ontario Hockey League graduate still active in the world of hockey? We think so. Todd Elik has recently turned 44 years young and has just finished his 22nd second in professional hockey for his 18th professional hockey team, HK Acroni Jesenice.
Elik played three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 1983-84 to 1985-86. Todd’s first season was played in Kingston with the Canadians. His second season was split between the Canadians and the North Bay Centennials. His final season was spent with the Cents. 1986-87 was spent with the Canadian National Team.
Todd’s first season in professional hockey was spent with the Colorado Rangers of the IHL. His 44 goals and 100 points were good enough to lead the team but were not enough to earn him rookie of the year, which was shared between Ed Belfour and John Cullen.
Elik’s NHL career spanned 448 games with the Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota North Stars, Edmonton Oilers, San Jose Sharks, St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins. Todd made the jump to European pro hockey in 1997-98 and has since remained in the either the Swiss National A, Swiss National B and Austria’s Erste Bank Eishockey Liga.
This past season, Todd played his first season with HK Acroni Jesenice of the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga. Jesenice is a town in the Northwest corner of Slovenia on the border with Austria. The team plays out of the 4,000 seat Dvorana Podmežakla. The team finished 9th in the 10 team league this past season. Elik played like a 20 year old with 37 points in just 29 games. He has been well over a point-per-game player since moving to Europe.