Paul Kariya Will Not Play This Season

Joseph TrentonAnalyst IIIAugust 27, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JUNE 9:  Paul Kariya #9 of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim shakes hands with Jay Pandolfo #20 of the New Jersey Devils after the Devils defeated the Ducks in game seven of the 2003 Stanley Cup Finals at Continental Airlines Arena on June 9, 2003 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Ducks 3-0 to win the Stanley Cup. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/NHLI)
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ANAHEIM--Paul Kariya will not play hockey this season.

Agent Don Baizley told the media on Friday that client Paul Kariya has chose to stay out of hockey this season, because of possible fatigue and wants to rest up to see what the future holds for him in hockey. He is still suffering from post-concussion syndromes by medical doctors. Therefore, he sent this release from his agent on Friday.

Kariya was the captain of the St.Louis Blues and played for Nashville Predators before joining St.Louis. Kariya, a long-time Anaheim Duck was heavily pursued by long-time friend, Teemu Selanne, and the two played one season together in Colorado.

Ever since suffering the concussion in late 1990's, Kariya was never the same high-scoring, dangerous player on the ice as he once was. Now, at age 36 come start of season, Paul Kariya took the time to reconsider his future.

Hopefully Kariya will choose to return to hockey in the future, but for now, he is staying out of hockey.