Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Steve Kariya
As the 2001-02 season began, left-winger Steve Kariya was hopeful of sticking with the Vancouver Canucks for the whole schedule. Blessed with decent speed, hockey sense and spunk, the young forward was popular with the local fans that appreciated the difficulty of following in the footsteps of his famous brother, Paul.

The native of North Vancouver starred in the B.C. junior circuit with the Nanaimo Islanders. After accumulating 96 points in 60 games for them in 1994-95, the talented forward was named to the BCJHL first all-star team and voted the league's most sportsmanlike player. A few weeks later he accepted a scholarship to the University of Maine and excelled for four seasons. He scored 65 points in 41 games for the Black Bears in 1998-99 and was named to the Hockey East first all-star team and the NCAA East first All-American team.

The Vancouver Canucks signed Kariya as a free agent in April 1999. He made the Canucks out of training camp and scored 19 points in 45 games. When he began to struggle with his consistency and defensive play, he was sent down to the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL to work on his game. Rather than sulk, Kariya scored 41 points in 29 games and looked forward to the next season. Vancouver was vastly improved in 2000-01 but Kariya was still not ready for full time duty. He dressed for 17 NHL games but spent the bulk of his time smoothing out the rough edges of his game, in the IHL with Kansas City.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1993-94 North Vancouver Canucks Minor-BC
1994-95 Nanaimo Clippers BCJHL 60 36 60 96 4
1995-96 University of Maine H-East 39 7 16 23 8
1996-97 University of Maine H-East 35 19 31 50 10
1997-98 University of Maine H-East 35 25 25 50 22
1998-99 University of Maine H-East 41 27 38 65 24
1999-00 Vancouver Canucks NHL 45 8 11 19 22 +9
1999-00 Syracuse Crunch AHL 29 18 23 41 22 +11 4 2 1 3 0
2000-01 Vancouver Canucks NHL 17 1 6 7 8 -1
2000-01 Kansas City Blades IHL 43 15 29 44 51 +2
2001-02 Vancouver Canucks NHL 3 0 1 1 2 -2
2001-02 Manitoba Moose AHL 67 25 37 62 48 0 7 1 2 3 2
2002-03 Manitoba Moose AHL 38 14 14 28 18 -5
2002-03 Albany River Rats AHL 31 12 19 31 20 -8
2003-04 Albany River Rats AHL 57 17 31 48 28 -9
2004-05 Ilves Tampere Finland 55 24 35 59 32 7 3 2 5 4
2005-06 Blues Espoo Finland 56 22 27 49 61 9 3 3 6 10
2006-07 Frolunda HC Goteborg Sweden 55 23 16 39 34
2007-08 Frolunda HC Goteborg Sweden 41 1 17 18 18
2008-09 HPK Hameenlinna Finland 58 21 33 54 26 6 1 2 3 4
2009-10 JYP Jyvaskyla Finland 46 16 12 28 20 13 1 1 2 10
NHL Totals 65 9 18 27 32


Brother of Paul
BCJHL First Team All-Star (1995)
BCJHL Most Sportsmanlike Player (1995)
Hockey East First All-Star Team (1999)
NCAA East First All-American Team (1999)
Signed as a free agent by Vancouver, April 21, 1999. Traded to New Jersey by Vancouver for Mikko Jokela, January 24, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Ilves (Finland), August 9, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Espoo (Finland), September, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Frolunda (Sweden), July 3, 2006.
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