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Paul Kariya - "the Best Job I Can Possibly Do"

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Although Kariya's statistics in recent years have not been as spectacular as those at the beginning of his career, he is still working hard to improve himself and the team he captains. During the 2000-2001 season, Kariya explained his philosophy of the game to Hockey Digest interviewer Ashley Jude Collie: "I try to make myself a better player each time I go out on the ice. Each game presents situations and plays from which you can learn and make yourself a better hockey player. I focus on what I have to work on every night and just have a goal in mind for that game.… I want to do the best job I can possibly do. That's just he way I was brought up and the way that I feel that I can achieve the most success and the most enjoyment in life."

Chronology

1974 Born October 16 in Vancouver, British Columbia, to Tetsuhiko and Sharon Kariya
1992 Begins attending the University of Maine
1993 Selected fourth overall in the National Hockey League draft
1997 Misses the first 32 games of the season because of a contract dispute
1998 Misses last 28 games of the NHL season and the Olympics after suffering a major concussion in a game February 1
2000 Garners the most votes for a North American player for the All-Star Game

Awards and Accomplishments

1992 Named Junior A Player of the Year
1993 National Collegiate Athletic Association hockey championship
1993 Becomes first freshman to win the Hobey Baker award for best American collegiate hockey player
1994 Wins Olympic silver medal in hockey
1996 Wins Lady Byng Trophy for most gentlemanly play
1997 Wins Lady Byng Trophy for most gentlemanly play
2002 Wins MAC Award for work with children's charities
2002 Wins Olympic gold medal in hockey
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