Kariya’s Career May be Done

Another NHL player is facing the possibility of having his career come to a premature halt due to post concussion problems. Over the years players, such as Eric Lindros, Pat LaFontaine, Nick Kypreos and Adam Deadmarsh, retired before their time due to this deadly injury. Now Paul Kariya might be on that same list. This 35 year-old, who has scored 402 goals and 989 points in his career, recently announced through his agent, Don Baizley, that he won’t be playing this coming season due to post concussion complications. Kariya, who is a former 1993 Anaheim Ducks first round draft pick, has suffered multiple concussions throughout his career. Last year he missed six games while with the St. Louis Blues. In 1998 Team Canada suffered a huge blow when they lost his services due to a concussion. Last year he scored 18 goals and 43 points, but has gone unsigned this off-season as an unrestricted free agent. Prior to the concussions, Kariya was on his way to superstardom when he scored 50 goals and 108 points in only his second year. In his third year Kariya played a major role in the Ducks making the playoffs for the first time. He scored 44 goals and 99 points. In his final season, as a Duck, Kariya scored six goals and 12 post season points to help Anaheim make it to the Stanley Cup finals; where they lost to the New Jersey Devils. During the finals, that spring, Kariya suffered another concussion when he was flattened by a Scott Stevens’ body check. After the lockout he moved onto the Colorado Avalanche for a season, before bolting for the Nashville Predators for a couple of seasons. Kariya, who in his career has scored 16 goals and 39 points, in 46 career playoff games, has spent the past three seasons with the Blues. There is a strong possibility that Kariya might not play again in the NHL.

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