Hockey Hall Of Fame Weekend For Kariya [VIDEO]
Paul Kariya becomes the first former UMaine hockey player to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto this weekend.
He is part of the seven member Class of '17 to be enshrined. It is a group that includes Teemu Selanne, Mark Recchi and Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs.
Weekend festivities in Toronto begin with the Bruins vs Maple Leafs game tonight. There is the annual 'Legends Game' and the actual induction ceremony is Monday night.
Kariya came to UMaine in Orono for the 1992-93 season and dazzled college fans everywhere, scoring 25 goals and dishing out 75 assists in his freshman year. He won the Hobey Baker Award as top college player and the Black Bears won the national championship. The season is simply known as 'the 42-1-2' year'.
Kariya returned to Orono earlier in the fall to help celebrate the 25th year anniversary of the title team.
Sometimes fans forget he played for the Black Bears in 1993-94 before joining the Canadian National Team. Kariya scored another eight goals and had 16 assists in 12 games.
Kariya was the 4th overall pick of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the NHL Draft. He played there for nine years.
He went on to play for Colorado, Nashville and St. Louis before concussion forced him to cut his NHL career short.
Kariya still finished with 989 points in 989 NHL games.