By Phil Wunderlich
Kariya was drafted by Anaheim in 1993 after the expansion draft. Kariya set many records on the team, some which were broken by Selanne. Kariya recorded 669 total points (300 goals + 369 assists) in nine total seasons with the Ducks. Kariya served as the captain of the team for a total of 7 years. He also received many awards such as the Lady Byng in 1996 and 97. He was also chosen for the NHL All-Star Team five times as a member of the Ducks. He also won a gold medal with Team Canada in the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Kariya, however, was riddled with concussions and it ultimately shortened his career. He also left the Ducks to the surprise of many after helping the team come within one game of winning the Stanley Cup in 2003. Kariya went on to play with Colorado, Nashville, and St. Louis before retiring from the NHL after the 2009-10 season.
When Selanne’s number got raised last season Paul Kariya was featured on the video montage that was created for that spectacular night and received an uproar of praise and appreciation. Kariya had one heck of a career and his name has been brought up many times for the Hall of Fame and his number to be raised into the rafters next to the “Unbelievable” Teemu Selanne.
But we want to know how you feel. Do you feel his number should be raised?
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