Paul Kariya Speaker Profile
NHL Player for the St. Louis Blues
Paul Kariya Biography
Paul Kariya was born October 16, 1974 and is a retiredprofessional ice hockey Winger who played 15 seasons in the National Hockey League.
Paul Kariya scored 91 goals and 153 assists for 244 points in 94 games for thePenticton Panthers of the British Columbia Junior Hockey League. He was thefirst freshman to win the Hobey Baker Award, notching 25 goals and 75 assistsfor 100 points in 39 games, helping the University of Maine to a 42-1-2 record,and the 1992-93 NCAA and Hockey East titles in his only full season. Hisyounger brother, Steve, captained Maine to the 1998-99 NCAA title and laterplayed briefly in the NHL. His younger sister, Noriko, is a professional boxerand his youngest brother, Martin, helped Maine get to the 2002 "FrozenFour" finals.
He was picked by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim fourth-overallin the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. Kariya played for Anaheim for nine seasons andserved as team captain for seven seasons. His best season statistically so faris 1995-96, scoring 50 goals and 58 assists for 108 points. When Anaheim tradedfor Teemu Selanne with the Winnipeg Jets, Kariya was placed on a line withSelanne, and Steve Rucchin. The combination of Kariya and Selanne became alethal force against their opponents becoming one of the best duos in the NHL.
In 2003, he and the Ducks reached their first Stanley CupFinals. Kariya was third on the team in playoff scoring (behind Adam Oates and PetrSÃ½kora), scoring six goals and adding six assists. However he will best beremembered for a dramatic moment. During the second period in Game 6, Kariyatook a hard check from the New Jersey Devils' Scott Stevens and lay on the icefor several minutes. He went to the locker room, but returned and 11 minuteslater scored a goal to give the Ducks a 4-1 lead. Anaheim would win the game5-2, but lose the series in seven games. Many felt Kariya's equipment changesfollowing his first concussion may have saved him from being rendered unconsciousfrom the Stevens hit.
At a team rally following the Ducks' game seven loss to theDevils, Kariya promised to bring the Cup to Anaheim in 2004. A verbal agreementwith then-GM Bryan Murray was broken by Kariya after his $10 million-per-yearcontract was not qualified. Murray intended to re-sign Kariya at a lower amount(believed to be in the $6-7 million range, to which Kariya had verbally agreed)and use the extra money to find the final piece to the Cup puzzle via freeagency. Instead, Kariya took an $8.8 million paycut, ensuring himselfunrestricted free agency at season's end, when he and former Ducks teammateTeemu Selanne signed with the Colorado Avalanche on July 3, 2003. Hebelieved he had a better chance at winning a Cup on the Avalanche. Kariyaplayed in only 56 games and one playoff game that season for Colorado due toinjuries, recording only 36 points. Selanne slumped as well, recording only 32points.
After the season, Kariya signed a two-year contract with theNashville Predators as an unrestricted free agent. In his first season with thePredators in 2005-06, Kariya tallied 31 goals and 54 assists, accumulating hismost points since the 1999-2000 campaign. Kariya played in all 82 games,joining Dan Hamhuis as the only Predators to do so. On April 18, 2006 , thelast day of the regular season, Kariya scored a hat trick against the DetroitRed Wings in a 6-3 win. Kariya finished the year fourth in the NHL in shootoutscoring percentage, converting on five of seven attempts. On November 1, 2006,Kariya reached the 800-point milestone against the Edmonton Oilers.
On July 1, 2007, Kariya signed a three-year contract worth$18 million with the ++St. Louis Blues++. Kariya was assigned as one of thealternate captains of the Blues organization. He, along with Keith Tkachuk, andBarret Jackman rotated the position throughout the 2008-09 season. In November,he was sidelined with an injury to his left hip. After undergoing surgery, itwas discovered that he needed surgery on his right hip. He returned in the2009-10 season, scoring two goals in his first game. On March 18, 2010, Kariyascored the 400th goal of his NHL career, against the New York Rangers. OnAugust 27, 2010, on the advice of doctors who refused to clear him to play,Kariya announced that he would sit out the 2010-11 season with post-concussionsyndrome. After the symptoms did not subside, Kariya officially announced hisretirement from the NHL on June 29, 2011.
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