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Paul Kariya

Paul Tetsuhiko Kariya is a Canadian former professional ice hockey winger who played 15 seasons in the National Hockey League. In 2022, Paul Kariya's net worth is estimated to be $60 million dollars.

March 29, 2022

Words by Matthew Taylor

Paul Kariya Net Worth

$60 million

Est. Range $47M - $74M

Medium Confidence

Paul Tetsuhiko Kariya is a former professional ice hockey winger who played 15 seasons in the National Hockey League. He was known as a skilled and fast-skating offensive player. He played for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Colorado Avalanche, Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues. He was selected fourth overall in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft by the Mighty Ducks and was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team. He won back-to-back Lady Byng Trophies in 1996 and 1997 as the League's most gentlemanly player. He led the Mighty Ducks to the 2003 Stanley Cup Final. He won gold at the 1993 World Junior Championships and silver at the 1994 Winter Olympics. He helped Canada win gold at the 2002 Winter Olympics. He was voted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2017 and his number, 9, was retired by the Ducks in 2018.

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