Thursday, 1 September 2016

On This Day In Hockey: 1994

September 1, 1994
Paul Kariya signed his first NHL contract with the Anaheim Ducks, Kariya had been Anaheim's first draft choice (fourth overall) when they entered the NHL in 1993.

    Paul Kariya's first NHL contract was a three-year, $6.5 million deal. He impressed so much during those three years (Calder nominee, NHL All-Rookie team, 50 goals, 100 points in second season, youngest active captain at the time, back to back All-Star, Hart runner-up, back to back Lady Byng wins) that the Ducks would resign him in 1997.... and again in 1999 and 2002. He finished his career with 402 G, 587 A, and 989 points in exactly 989 games after stints in Colorado, Nashville, and St. Louis.

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