Kariya became the Ducks' first real star, exploding for 50 Goals and 108 Points (all career-highs), and the Left Wing was named a First Team All-Star and was ninth in Hart Trophy voting. Kariya was a very clean player, and he won the first of what was two straight Lady Byng Trophies. A First Team All-Star again in 1996-97, Kariya was the runner-up for the Hart Trophy.
He missed most of the 1997/98 season due to injuries and concussions, and Kariya rebounded with 101 Points in 1998/99, where he was a First Team All-Star for the third time in his career, and he was a Second Team All-Star the second season. Kariya was the Ducks team's undisputed leader, and while post-concussion syndrome would cause him to miss some games and erode his play, he was still an excellent hockey player.
In 2002-03, Kariya scored 81 Points, was a Second Team All-Star and propelled the Ducks to a surprise Stanley Cup Final. This was the last season for Kariya in Anaheim, as he signed with Colorado as a Free Agent. With the Ducks, Kariya scored 669 Points in 606 Games.
Kariya entered the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2017.