Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Paul Kariya Is Hanging Up The Skates And Retiring

Seven-time all star Paul Kariya has called it a career and retired. Kariya played 989 games through out his 15 year career in the NHL where he grabbed 989 points with 402 goals and 587 assists, however did not play last season due to a concussion. 

Kariya released this statement, "Today, I announce my retirement from professional hockey. I would like to thank all of those who have been part of so many great memories -- my teammates, coaches, team management and staff. I am also very grateful for the support I have received over the years from the fans, especially those in Anaheim, Colorado, Nashville, and St. Louis. It was my dream to be a professional hockey player in the NHL from my minor hockey days in North Vancouver and Burnaby, through junior hockey in Penticton, college hockey at the University of Maine, and the Canadian National Team. I would not have achieved it without support from all of these people and organizations."

Kariya was drafted fourth overall by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the 1993 Entry Draft and came within one win of the Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2003. Kariya then moved to Nashville for two seasons and spent his last three seasons with the St. Louis Blues where he scored his 400th goal.

He had two 100 point seasons, and six 80 point seasons, the last in '05-'06. Below are some of the marks Kariya has left on the league.

One of the biggest moments of his career came in game 6 of the 2003 Stanley Cup Finals where Kariya was knocked out cold by New Jersey Captain Scott Stevens but returned later in the game and riffled a rocket past Martin Brodeur.

Kariya's speed was very rarely matched by anyone in the NHL.

Try to look past the hideous jerseys in this next clip and enjoy the wrist shot from the young Paul Kariya.

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