On the weekend, Paul Kariya was inducted in the BC Hockey Hall of Fame. Kariya played 15 seasons in the NHL with four teams, most notably with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. The Vancouver product also played in various international tournaments for Canada and won five medals, including three gold medals (Olympics, World Championships & World Junior Championships).
Kariya spent two seasons in Penticton, starting in the expansion year of the Panthers in 1990-1991. Kariya, started the season as a 15 year-old but still put up 45 goals and over 100 points en route to being named the Interior Conference Rookie of the Year and MVP. The following season, as a 17 year-old, Kariya was given the “C” and again hit the century mark in points, bettering his goal output (46) and point total (112) from his rookie season.
I was fortunate enough to sit down and chat with the former Panther about his time in the Peach City.