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Post-concussion syndrome sidelines Kariya

Saturday, 08.28.2010 / 11:41 AM / 2010 Offseason News

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Post-concussion syndrome sidelines Kariya
It's unknown if Paul Kariya will play another game in the NHL, but what's certain is it won't be this coming season.

Kariya's agent, Don Baizley, released a statement Friday that Kariya will not play during the 2010-11 season due to post-concussion syndrome. Kariya made the decision after being examined by concussion specialist Dr. Mark Lovell.

Concussion issues have plagued the 35-year-old forward in the past. He missed six games with the St. Louis Blues this past season due to one, and another kept him from participating in the 1998 Winter Olympics.

A veteran of 15 NHL seasons, Kariya spent the last three with the Blues. He finished last season with 18 goals and 43 points in 75 games, but was a free agent and not expected to be re-signed by the club.

Kariya was the No. 4 pick by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the 1993 Entry Draft and rocketed to stardom by scoring 50 goals and registering 108 points in 1995-96, his second NHL season. He followed up with 44 goals and 99 points the following season and led the Mighty Ducks to the franchise's first playoff berth.

In his final season with Anaheim, he helped lead the Ducks to the Stanley Cup Final, where they lost in seven games to New Jersey. Following the work stoppage, Kariya moved on to Colorado for a season and played two seasons with Nashville.

Kariya has averaged exactly a point per game in 989 career regular-season games, posting 402 goals and 587 assists. He's added 16 goals and 23 assists in 46 career postseason contests.

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