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Overview (3)

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Birth NamePaul Tetsuhiko Kariya
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Paul Kariya was born on October 16, 1974 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada as Paul Tetsuhiko Kariya.

Trivia (28)

Former captain of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks NHL team.
A Dean's list student at Maine
Hobbies include golf, tennis, and reading. Took up juggling at the beggining of the 1994-1995 season
Half-Japanese/half-Scottish. Second-oldest of five children. Siblings: Michiko, Steven, Noriko, Martin.
Second oldest of five children
Brother Martin, who played college hockey at Maine like Paul and Steve, has been playing pro hockey in Finland, Russia, and Switzerland since the 2006-2007 season.
Older sister: Michiko Joanne Kariya. Younger sister: Noriko Ann Kariya.
Was so proficient at golf that at 13 he almost quit hockey to concentrate on that sport.
Drafted by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 4th overall in 1993.
Paul's middle name, Tetsuhiko, is his father's name.
Signed a two-year, $14 million deal that ended his 32-game holdout with the Mighty Ducks. [November 1997]
First freshman to win the Hobey Baker Award - U.S. college hockey's premier individual honor - notching 25 goals and 75 assists for 100 points in 39 games during his only full season, helping the University of Maine Black Bears to a 42-1-2 overall record, and the 1993 NCAA and Hockey East titles.
Scored 91 goals and 153 assists for 244 points in 94 games for Pentiction High School (Pentiction, British Columbia).
His miss in a shootout with Sweden cost Canada the 1994 Olympic gold medal. However, he helped Canada win gold in the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Nickname in collge: The Mighty Mouse.
His parents were school teachers.
Kariya played in the Ducks' game against the Canucks on 28 December 2002 even though his father died on the 27th of a heart attack. He was given the option to stay in Vancouver to be with his family, but decided to travel with the team to Calgary for their next game.
Brother Steven - who also captained the University of Maine to the 1999 NCAA title - played 65 games for the Vancouver Canucks. He has been playing in Finland since the 2004-2005 season.
Father was born in an internment camp in Greenwood, Canada. Tetsuhiko Kariya's parents, along with 23,000 other Japanese-Canadians, were deemed "enemy aliens" during World War II. He later played rugby for the University of British Columbia.
Was selected to play for the 1998 Canadian Olympic hockey team but became injured (concussion).
Transferred from the Anaheim Mighty Ducks to the Colorado Avalanches
In a move that sent shock waves through the NHL, the Colorado Avalanche signed unrestricted free agents Kariya and Teemu Selänne to 1-year deals: Kariya for $1.2 million; Selanne for $5.8 million. [July 2003]
Sister Noriko complied a 9-3-1 record as a pro boxer (2005-2008).
(August 5) Signed a two-year, $9 million contract with the Nashville Predators. [2005]
(27 December) The St. Louis Blues announced that Kariya will have surgery on his left hip and could miss the rest of the season. Kariya tore muscle fibers near the top of his thigh after taking a hit in a 5 November game against Anaheim. [2008]
(3 July) In a move that sent shock waves through the NHL, the Colorado Avalanche signed unrestricted free agents Kariya and Teemu Selanne to 1-year deals - Kariya for $1.2 million; Selanne for $5.8 million - reuniting the former Anaheim Mighty Ducks. [July 2003]
(July 1) Signed a three-year, $18 million contract with the St. Louis Blues. [2007]
Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2017.

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