Another Hockey Retirement: Paul Kariya hangs up the skates

Paul Kariya has decided to call an end to his professional career today as he announced his retirement due to the affects of post concussion syndrome.  Kariya's Hall of Fame resume is a very intriguing one and arguably could be one of the more debated ones in the future.

A star in college, Kariya won the Hobey Baker Award and led the University of Maine to an NCAA championship.  Kariya would remain a star on the professional circuit, as he would become a six time All Star and the leader of the Mighty Dicks of Anaheim.  The skilled superstar may not have hoisted the Stanley Cup, but he was a vital part of Team Canada's victory in the 2002 Winter Olympics.   Averaging exactly one point per game, Paul Kariya retires with 989 points in 989 games.  These are very solid statistics for the era that he played in, but his failure to eclipse that magical 1,000 point barrier may cost him an Hall of Fame berth.  Regardless, we feel once he is eligible for the Hall of Fame, that he should be in our top fifteen.  Any thoughts on Paul Kariya's career?   Hall of Fame or not?

Last modified on Thursday, 19 March 2015 18:47

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0 #1 Darryl Tahirali -0001-11-30 00:00
Paul Kariya was certainly on a Hall-of-Fame pace with his 50-goal season early on and two more 40+ goal seasons afterward. I live near Anaheim, and he brought a lot of excitement during his tenure, particularly during the Ducks' 2002-03 run at the Stanley Cup with Petr Sykora and veteran Adam Oates.

As for his Hall chances, Kariya is back in the line for a while. High-profile cases Joe Sakic, Brendan Shanahan, Jaromir Jagr, and Mats Sundin are going to get primary consideratio n, and then there are HoFers-in-wa iting Oates and the criminally-o verlooked Dave Andreychuk who deserve to get in before Kariya.

I notice in the write-up on this page that Kariya was "the leader of the Mighty Dicks[sic] of Anaheim.&quo t; Typo? Or editorial comment?
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