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Former Preds Forward Kariya Named to Hockey Hall of Fame

After Skating in Nashville for Two Seasons, Paul Kariya Still Holds Preds Single-Season Scoring Record

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The man who holds Nashville's single-season scoring record has gotten the call.

Paul Kariya, an All-Star winger who skated two of his 15 career seasons with the Predators, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday as part of their 2017 Class. Kariya joined players Teemu Selanne, Mark Recchi, Dave Andreychuk and Danielle Goyette, as well as builders Clare Drake and Jeremy Jacobs.

Finishing his career with 402 goals and 989 points in 989 career games - exactly a point-per-game player - Kariya signed as a free agent with the Predators in 2005 and led the club in scoring in each of his two seasons in Nashville, with 85 points in 2005-06 and 76 in 2006-07. Both numbers are the highest totals in club history.

Kariya's two seasons in Nashville were also the best ever for the team from a regular-season perspective, amassing 106 and 110 points, respectively.

The deal to bring Kariya to Nashville in 2005 was the first major free agent signing in club history, helping to legitimize the franchise by bringing one of the elite players in the NHL to town.

Kariya recorded more than 100 points twice (1995-96 and 1998-99, both with Anaheim) and scored 50 goals in 1995-96. A member of Team Canada at two Olympic Games, Kariya won gold and silver medals. The native of Vancouver appeared in seven All-Star games and hit the 30-goal mark on seven occasions.

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