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Kariya named captain. Written by Ludo - September 22nd, 2009

Many changes in the 2009-2010 Sabres roster. After the departure of charismatic captain Saku Koivu to the Montréal Canadiens, questions arose about the new player with the C.

Question which was answered today by Ludo Raynal...

 

 

 

Playing career

Paul Kariya scored 91 goals and 153 assists for 244 points in 94 games for the Penticton Panthers of the British Columbia Junior Hockey League. He was the first freshman to win the Hobey Baker Award, notching 33 goals and 91 assists for 124 points in 51 games, helping the University of Maine to a 42–1–2 record, and the 1992–93 NCAA and Hockey East titles in his only full season. His younger brother, Steve, captained Maine to the 1998–99 NCAA title. His younger sister, Noriko, is a professional boxer and his youngest brother, Martin, helped Maine get to the 2002 "Frozen Four" finals.

He spent most of his career with the Nashville predators, recording seasons of 56, 97, 79 and 63 points before being traded to the Devils and later to the Sabres.

His vast experience, intensity and speed made him one of the most spectacular players in the late 90's, still holding his own in the latest years.

 

International career

Kariya has played in three Olympics for the Canadian team. 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. Kariya missed the 1998 Winter Olympics due to a concussion suffered from an on-ice crosscheck by Gary Suter.

International statistics

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1992 Canada WJC 6 1 1 2 2
1993 Canada WJC 7 2 6 8 2
1993 Canada WC 8 2 7 9 0
1994 Canada Oly. 8 3 4 7 2
1994 Canada WC 8 5 7 12 2
1996 Canada WC 8 4 3 7 2
2002 Canada Oly. 6 3 1 4 0
Int'l totals 51 20 29 49 10

 

Official Announcement.

''The Sabres organization is proud to announce that the players chose Paul Kariya as their team captain.'' said GM Ludo this morning. '' He will be assisted by Mikko Koivu and Daniel Alfredsson during the 2009-2010 exercise.''

''We couldn't have hoped for a better representation of the team. Paul is a leader on and off the ice, he will carry the torch of our team to the highest, we have no doubt about it.''


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