The Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League (NLL) will be retiring long-time Wings goal tender Dallas Eliuk’s No. 35 jersey before the team’s home game versus the Rochester Knighthawks at Wells Fargo Center on March 3.
Eliuk played 15 seasons with the Philadelphia Wings from 1991 to 2005, earning All-Pro honors nine times and participating in the NLL All Star game in each of his 15 seasons with the team. He was inducted into the NLL Hall of Fame in 2009. Additionally, Eliuk is the league’s all-time saves leader with 6,536 saves and won four Champion’s Cups including being named the MVP of Champion’s Cup MVP award twice (1998 and 2001) and appeared in every All-Star game through 2006.
“Dallas was the cornerstone of the Wings defense for over a decade,” says Wings President and Co-Owner Michael French. “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 goal tender and to this day is still one of our fans’ all-time favorites.”
Known for his reflexes, acrobatics and foot speed, Eliuk’s unconventional stick saves made his play unparalleled, clutch and very entertaining to watch. Eliuk boasts a career saves percentage of 76.24% and a career goals-against-average of 12.24.