August 5, 2005
Predators sign Paul Kariya

Predators GM David Poile announced Friday that the club has signed left wing Paul Kariya. In keeping with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"We are proud and excited to bring one of the National Hockey League's most dominant scorers over the past decade to Nashville ," said Poile. "Paul Kariya is a dynamic skater and playmaker and a perfect fit for our hockey club. This sends a strong message to our fans that the Nashville Predators are prepared to compete at the highest level."

Kariya, 30, has posted 705 points (311g-394a) in 657 career NHL games over 10 seasons with Anaheim and Colorado , the most points by active NHL players age 31 or younger. The Vancouver native has been named to the NHL First All-Star Team three times (1996, 1997 and 1999) and the NHL Second All-Star Team twice (2000 and 2003).

The 5-11, 176-pound forward has eclipsed the 100-point plateau twice, posted over 30 goals six times and maintained over a point-per-game clip (1.073) since breaking into the NHL with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 1994-95. Kariya spent nine seasons (1994-2003) with the Mighty Ducks, where he led the club to the 2003 Western Conference Championship and became the Anaheim franchise’s all-time leader in goals, assists, points, game-winning goals, power-play goals, shorthanded goals, shorthanded points and shots.

Kariya has represented Canada in two Olympic Games, capturing the gold medal in 2002. He has played in the NHL All-Star Game seven times, has been honored with the NHL's Lady Byng Trophy (sportsmanship) twice and was named to the NHL All-Rookie team in 1994-95. At the 2002 NHL All-Star Game, he was presented with the MAC Award (Most Assists for Children), which honors an NHL All-Star who has made a substantial commitment to children and has worked diligently on behalf of children’s charities.

Prior to turning pro, Kariya earned the Hobey Baker Memorial Award (top collegiate player) while leading the Maine Black Bears to a national title as a freshman in 1992-93. He was originally Anaheim 's first choice, fourth overall (first round), in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.



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