He failed to score as Canada's last shooter in a shootout against Sweden in the 1994 Olympic Gold Medal game, but he helped Canada win gold in the 2002 Winter Olympics. He was picked by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (now known as the Anaheim Ducks) 4th overall in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.
His best season statistically so far was 1995–96, scoring 50 goals and 58 assists for 108 points.
When Anaheim traded for Teemu Selänne with the Winnipeg Jets, Kariya was placed on a line with Selänne, and Steve Rucchin. The combinition of Paul and Teemu became a lethal force against their opponents becoming one of the best duos in the NHL.
In 2003, he and the Ducks reached their first Stanley Cup finals. Kariya was third on the team in playoff scoring (behind Adam Oates and Petr Sykora), scoring six goals and adding six assists. However he will best be remembered for a dramatic moment. During the second period in Game 6, Kariya took a hard check from the New Jersey Devils' Scott Stevens and lay on the ice for several minutes. He went to the locker room, but returned and 11 minutes later scored a goal to give the Ducks a 4–1 lead and that goal turned out to be the game winning goal. Anaheim would win the game 5–2, but lose the series in 7 games. Many felt Kariya's equipment changes following his first concussion may have saved him from being rendered unconscious from the Stevens hit.
At a team rally following the Ducks' Game 7 loss to the Devils, Kariya promised to bring the Cup to Anaheim in 2004. But shortly after, Kariya broke the hearts of Anaheim fans everywhere. A verbal agreement with, then GM, Bryan Murray was broken by Kariya after his $10 Million a year contract was not qualified. It was Murray's intention (which is what Kariya had verbally agreed to do) to re-sign Kariya at a lower amount (believed to be in the $6–7 Mil range) and use the extra money to find the final piece to the cup puzzle via Free Agency. Instead, Kariya took an $8.5 million paycut, ensuring himself unrestricted free agency at season's end, when he and former Ducks teammate Teemu Selänne signed with the Colorado Avalanche on July 3, 2003 where he believed he had a better chance at winning the cup. The result, however legal due to a non-binding agreement, left many Anaheim fans heart broken and angry, to this day Kariya receives loud boos whenever he plays at the Honda Center.
Kariya, in the 2005–2006 NHL Season, tallied 31 goals and 54 assists, accumulating his most points since the 1999–2000 campaign. Paul played in all 82 games, joining Dan Hamhuis as the only Predators to do so. On April 18, 2006 , the last day of the regular season, Kariya scored a hat trick against the Detroit Red Wings in a 6–3 win. Kariya finished the year 4th in the NHL in shootout shot percentage, converting on 5 of 7 attempts.
Kariya was assigned as one of the alternate captains of the Blues organization. He, along with Keith Tkachuk, and Barret Jackman will rotate the position throughout the season. Kariya leads the team with points this year and he also scored a hat trick against the Stars on December 29, 2007 recording his 900th career point.
|1992–93||University of Maine||HE||39||25||75||100||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|1993–94||University of Maine||HE||12||8||16||24||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|1994–95||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||47||18||21||39||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|1995–96||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||82||50||58||108||20||—||—||—||—||—|
|1996–97||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||69||44||55||99||6||11||7||6||13||4|
|1997–98||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||22||17||14||31||23||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998–99||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||82||39||62||101||40||3||1||3||4||0|
|1999–00||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||74||42||44||86||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||66||33||34||67||20||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||82||32||25||57||28||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||82||25||56||81||48||21||6||6||12||6|
|2004–05||Did not play||See 2004–05 NHL lockout|
|2007–08||St. Louis Blues||NHL||82||16||49||65||50||—||—||—||—||—|
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