According to sources, Elias and Volakova’s relationship grew from friendship to something deeper while the NHL player was experiencing one of the difficult periods of his life. During the 2005 NHL lockout, Elias was diagnosed with Hepatitis A and spent more than one month in the hospital. Although having only recently met, Volakova visited him everyday and that was when the relationship grew into something more special. The couple got engaged shortly after they met and got married in the 2007 off-season.
Elias and Volakova welcomed their first child, Sophia Gabriella, on November 27, 2010.
Photo Credit: Patrik Elias