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Paul Kariya, LW

Position: Left Wing
HT/WT: 5'10", 185 lbs
Handedness: Left
Born: October 16th, 1974 in Vancouver, BC

- 9-time top-10 in All-Star LW Voting (1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 6, 7, 8, 8)
- 2-time recipient of the Lady Byng Trophy - (1996, 1997)
- 3 acknowledgements for the First NHL All-Star Team - (1996, 1997, 1999)
- 2 acknowledgements for the Second NHL All-Star Team - (2000, 2003)
- scored 402 goals and 587 assists for 989 points in 989 games, adding 399 penalty minutes.
- scored 16 goals and 23 assists for 39 points in 46 playoff games, adding 12 penalty minutes.

Top 10 Finishes:
Goals - 4x - (4, 7, 9, 10)
Assists - 2x - (3, 8)
Points - 4x - (3, 3, 4, 7)
Power Play Goals - 3x - (2, 3, 5)
Game Winning Goals - 3x - (1, 4, 5)

Best Percentage Seasons (Vs. #2):
94, 91, 90, 91, 81, 78, 70, 63,

Voting Record

Hart Trophy:

2nd (96-97), 8th (98-99), 9th (95-96), 16th (06-07)


Originally Posted by Kevin Allen
To this day, I've never had another player tell me that a player's position is mostly about who he has to cover when the puck comes the other way. But that's the way Kariya thinks.
Originally Posted by Jack Ferriera
You look at him, and, O.K., he has great wheels and good hands, but those aren't his best assets, he has that sixth sense of knowing where everybody is, that great anticipation.
Originally Posted by Craig Hartsburg
Paul Kariya is the most focused, most intense athlete I have ever been around.
Sports Illustrated, February 22nd, 1993

He has been called the Wayne Gretzky of college hockey. While Paul Kariya (ka-REE-ya), a freshman at Maine, may not be quite the stickhandling genius Gretzky was at 18, there are enough similarities between the two to justify the comparison. Bent over at the waist, deceptively fast, Kariya skates like the Great One. He passes the puck with a Gretzky-like sixth sense, anticipating the movements of everyone else on the ice. A left winger, Kariya nevertheless likes to set up behind the opponent's net to the goalie's left, a la Mr. Wayne-derful. And at 5'11", 165 pounds, Kariya has been knocked for being too small, a criticism Gretzky endured before turning pro.

"It's almost sacrilegious to compare him to Wayne," says Maine's coach, Shawn Walsh. "But you can't help it." At week's end Kariya, a Vancouver native, was averaging 2.25 points a game, with 21 goals and 51 assists for the Black Bears, who are 30-0-2 and ranked No. 1 in the country. And just like you-know-who in 1978, Kariya was named to the all-tournament team at the World Juniors last month in Sweden for helping lead Canada to the gold. One final similarity: Teammates, coaches and reporters love the kid. Says Walsh, "He's so conscious of the team, there's no resentment that he's stealing the spotlight."

"Paul's extremely analytical. Earlier this season we were at a tournament in Alaska, and in the morning he asked which bench we'd have. I asked, 'Why?' He said, 'I like to visualize which goal I'll be skating toward.' This guy's mind is at a higher level."
Legends of Hockey

In February 1996, Kariya was named a starter for the All-Star Game. He was still in awe of his fellow stars, making comments to that effect to the man he stood next to during the introductions, Winnipeg's high scoring Teemu Selanne. Three weeks later Kariya became more familiar with the talented Finn when the Mighty Ducks made a trade with Winnipeg to bring Selanne to Anaheim. Selanne had the speed and goal-scoring touch to take advantage of Kariya's innate ability to find the open man. The twosome formed a dangerous and fast combination, often teaming with center Steve Rucchin who, like Kariya, was a product of the post-secondary hockey system, joining the team after starring at the University of Western Ontario.

Anaheim was improving but still had not made the playoffs during Kariya's stay when the 1996-97 season began. Kariya, named the team's captain, missed the first 11 games of the season due to injury, and his importance to the Mighty Ducks became apparent. The team won only one game during his absence. When he returned, Anaheim began to climb in the standings, earning a playoff spot by the end of the season. Kariya scored an overtime goal to keep the team alive in the first round against the Phoenix Coyotes as the Ducks rallied to advance to the next round in seven games. The Detroit Red Wings, the eventual Stanley Cup champions, had too much depth for Anaheim in the conference semifinals, sending the upstarts from the West home in four games. Kariya's 99 points in his shortened season and Anaheim's success ensured his name was among the final three considered for the Hart Trophy as the league's Most Valuable Player.

He returned to form the next season. Terrorizing defenders and goalies with Selanne, Kariya finished third in overall scoring in 1998-99.

In Nashville, Kariya was a steady offensive threat recording 55 goals and 161 points over 164 games. However, the club opted not to re-sign the left winger in the off-season. On July 1st, 2007 Kariya signed a three-year deal with the St. Louis Blues.
Known for his creative explosiveness, energy and great speed ends a stellar 15-year NHL career where he was undoubtedly one of the most skilled players of his generation.

Kariya was a special player, certainly a top 10 player in his prime. His peak years were from 1995 through 2000 when he was mentioned in the same breath as Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg, Eric Lindros, Jaromir Jagr and Selanne as the best player in the game. He was the best skater and arguably the most intelligent hockey superstar of his time.
Kevin Allen, USA Today

When Paul Kariya announced his retirement Wednesday because of concussion issues, the first memory that probably most of us had was him rocketing up the ice like he was a cruise missile. His first three strides were as dynamic as any I've seen, and it seemed as if he could cover 150 feet of ice in the snap of your finger. His skating seemed supersonic. His shot release was wickedly quick.

Explosive. Exciting. Energetic. All of those words fit Kariya.

But Kariya, more than anything else, was well-prepared. There weren't many in this sport who worked harder at their craft than Kariya did. He came to work every day with the idea that he was going to be the best player he could be.

When the Nashville Predators signed Kariya in 2005, they were most excited about securing an offensive star. But I would bet if you asked general manager David Poile and coach Barry Trotz today what they liked most about him, it would be that he set an example for younger players on how to be a pro.
Who's Who in Hockey

When the NHL sought a marquee successor to Wayne Gretzky, they hoped to find a gifted skater with exceptional playmaking abilities, who embodied Gretzky's clean play. The obvious choice was Paul Kariya, from the very beginning he epitomized the Lady Byng style of play that had been Gretzky's trademark.

Possessing unfathomable speed, Gretzky-like stickhandling skills, and a backhand shot practiced and executed to a rare accuracy, Kariya had the misfortune of thriving in a franchise too bereft of talent to complement his abilities and win meaningfully.
Joe Yerdon, NBC Sports

A smaller player with speed to burn, Kariya was a dynamic goal scorer after coming out of the University of Maine. The skills he had were the stuff of legend and the kind of thing that saw him team up with Teemu Selanne in Anaheim to help lead the Ducks to the 2003 Stanley Cup finals.
Rising Stars: The 10 Best Young Players in the NHL

He's a great thinker and one of the most creative playermakers in the game. Combine that with his Gretzky-like vision and it's easy to see why so many people compare him to "The Great One".

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