|Position||Left wing/right wing|
|5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
180 lb (82 kg)
|St. Louis Blues
Anaheim Mighty Ducks
|Born||October 16 1974
Vancouver, BC, CAN
|NHL Draft||4th overall, 1993
Anaheim Mighty Ducks
|Pro Career||1994 – present|
Paul Tetsuhiko Kariya (born October 16, 1974 in Vancouver, British Columbia), is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Paul Kariya scored 91 goals and 153 assists for 244 points in 94 games for the Penticton Panthers of the British Columbia Junior Hockey League. He was the first freshman to win the Hobey Baker Award, notching 33 goals and 91 assists for 124 points in 51 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. His younger brother, Steve Kariya, captained Maine to the 1998–99 NCAA title. His younger sister, Noriko Kariya, is a professional boxer and his youngest brother, Martin Kariya, helped Maine get to the 2002 "Frozen Four" finals.
He failed to score as Canada's last shooter in a shootout against Sweden in the 1994 Olympic Gold Medal game, but he helped Canada win gold in the 2002 Winter Olympics. He was picked by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (now known as the Anaheim Ducks) 4th overall in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.
His best season statistically so far was 1995–96, scoring 50 goals and 58 assists for 108 points.
When Anaheim traded for Teemu Selänne with the Winnipeg Jets, Kariya was placed on a line with Selänne, and Steve Rucchin. The combiniation of Kariya and Selänne became a lethal force against their opponents becoming one of the best duos in the NHL.
In 2003, he and the Ducks reached their first Stanley Cup Finals. Kariya was third on the team in playoff scoring (behind Adam Oates and Petr Sýkora), scoring six goals and adding six assists. However he will best be remembered for a dramatic moment. During the second period in Game 6, Kariya took a hard check from the New Jersey Devils' Scott Stevens and lay on the ice for several minutes. He went to the locker room, but returned and 11 minutes later scored a goal to give the Ducks a 4–1 lead. Anaheim would win the game 5–2, but lose the series in 7 games. Many felt Kariya's equipment changes following his first concussion may have saved him from being rendered unconscious from the Stevens hit.
At a team rally following the Ducks' Game 7 loss to the Devils, Kariya promised to bring the Cup to Anaheim in 2004. A verbal agreement with then-GM Bryan Murray was broken by Kariya after his $10 million-per-year contract 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 free agency. Instead, Kariya took an $8.5 million paycut, ensuring himself unrestricted free agency at season's end, when he and former Ducks teammate Teemu Selänne signed with the Colorado Avalanche on July 3, 2003. He believed he had a better chance at winning a Cup on the Avalanche. Kariya played in only 56 games and one playoff game that season for Colorado due to injuries, recording only 36 points.
Kariya signed a two-year contract with the Nashville Predators on August 5, 2005, as an unrestricted free agent.
Kariya, in the 2005–06 NHL season, tallied 31 goals and 54 assists, accumulating his most 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 , the last day of the regular season, Kariya scored a hat trick against the Detroit Red Wings in a 6–3 win. Kariya finished the year 4th in the NHL in shootout shot percentage, converting on 5 of 7 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 the alternate captains of the Blues organization. He, along with Keith Tkachuk, and Barret Jackman rotated the position throughout the 2008–09 season. In November, he was sidelined with an injury to his left hip. After undergoing surgery, it was discovered that he needed surgery on his right hip. He will return in the 2009–10 season.
|1992–93||University of Maine||HE||39||25||75||100||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|1993–94||University of Maine||HE||12||8||16||24||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|1994–95||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||47||18||21||39||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|1995–96||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||82||50||58||108||20||—||—||—||—||—|
|1996–97||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||69||44||55||99||6||11||7||6||13||4|
|1997–98||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||22||17||14||31||23||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998–99||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||82||39||62||101||40||3||1||3||4||0|
|1999–00||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||74||42||44||86||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||66||33||34||67||20||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||82||32||25||57||28||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||82||25||56||81||48||21||6||6||12||6|
|2004–05||Did not play||See 2004–05 NHL lockout|
|2007–08||St. Louis Blues||NHL||82||16||49||65||50||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||St. Louis Blues||NHL||11||2||13||15||2||—||—||—||—||—|
Played for Canada in:
|Mighty Ducks of Anaheim first round draft pick
|Winner of the Hobey Baker Award
|Mighty Ducks of Anaheim captains
Teemu Selänne, 1998
|Winner of the Lady Byng Trophy
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