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Paul Kariya

Born:October 16, 1974Draft:1993 Ducks #4 Overall
Hometown:Vancouver, BCPosition:LW
Known For:Hall of FameShoots:Left
National Team:Canada

Paul Tetsuhiko Kariya (born October 16, 1974) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey winger who played 15 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL). Known as a skilled and fast-skating offensive player, he played in the NHL for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Colorado Avalanche, Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues.

After a two-year career with the Penticton Panthers, in which he was named Canadian Junior A Player of the Year in 1992, Kariya joined the college ranks with the University of Maine’s Black Bears men’s ice hockey team. In his freshman year, he received the Hobey Baker Award while leading his team to the 1993 NCAA title. Selected fourth overall in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft by the Mighty Ducks, he joined the team in 1994–95 and was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team.

During his nine-year tenure with Anaheim, Kariya formed an effective duo with fellow winger Teemu Selänne that helped him to three NHL First All-Star Team distinctions, while also finishing as the first runner-up for the Hart Memorial Trophy in 1997. Not an aggressive player, he won back-to-back Lady Byng Trophies in 1996 and 1997 as the League’s most gentlemanly player. Serving as a captain for seven seasons, he led the Mighty Ducks to the 2003 Stanley Cup Final, where they lost to the New Jersey Devils in seven games. After a single-season stint with the Avalanche for the purpose of reuniting with Selänne, who had previously been traded away from Anaheim, Kariya signed with the Predators in August 2005. He played two seasons in Nashville, setting team records for assists and points scored in a single-season in 2005–06. Kariya then finished his career playing three seasons with the Blues.

Internationally, Kariya represented Canada on numerous stages and at different levels. He won gold at the 1993 World Junior Championships, his second appearance at the tournament. He made his first appearance at the Winter Olympics in 1994 as an amateur, winning silver. Eight years later, he helped Canada win gold at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. In between Olympic appearances, he won gold and silver at the 1994 and 1996 World Championships, respectively.

In June 2017, Kariya was voted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. His number, 9, was retired by the Ducks on October 21, 2018.

Paul Kariya
Paul Kariya, Anaheim Mighty Ducks (Photo by: Brian Bahr/Getty Images/NHLI)

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  • Jersey (#9) was retired by the Ducks in 2018
  • Captain of the Ducks (1996-2003)
  • Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2017
  • 2x NHL Second All-Star Team (2000, 2003)
  • Olympic Gold Medal (2002)
  • 3x NHL First All-Star Team (1996, 1997, 1999)
  • Lady Byng Trophy (1997)
  • NHL All-Rookie Team (1995)
  • Olympic Silver Medal (1994)
  • World Championship All-Star Team (1994)
  • World Championship Best Forward (1994)
  • World Championship Gold Medal (1994)
  • NCAA (Championship) All-Tournament Team (1993)
  • NCAA (Championship) Winner (1993)
  • NCAA (East) First All-American Team (1993)
  • NCAA (Hockey East) All-Academic Team (1993)
  • NCAA (Hockey East) All-Rookie Team (1993)
  • NCAA (Hockey East) Champion (1993)
  • NCAA (Hockey East) First All-Star Team (1993)
  • NCAA (Hockey East) Player of the Year (1993)
  • NCAA (Hockey East) Rookie of the Year (1993)
  • NCAA (New England) Best Forward (1993)
  • NCAA (New England) Most Valuable Player (1993)
  • NCAA (New England) Rookie of the Year(1993)
  • Hobey Baker Award Winner (1993)
  • U20 WJC All-Star Team (1993)
  • U20 WJC Gold Medal (1993)
  • 2x BCJHL (Interior) Most Sportsmanlike Player (1991, 1992)
  • 2x BCJHL (Interior) Most Valuable Player (1991, 1992)
  • RBC CJHL Player Of The Year (1992)
  • BCJHL (Interior) Rookie of the Year (1991)