Steve Kariya
Steve Kariya, HPK
Kariya with HPK in December 2008
Position Right wing
Shoots Right
5 ft 7 in (1.7 m)
170 lb (77 kg)
Teams NHL
Vancouver Canucks
Ilves Tampere
Espoo Blues
HPK Hämeenlinna
JYP Jyväskylä

Frölunda Indians
Born December 22 1977 (1977-12-22) (age 42),
North Vancouver, BC, CAN
NHL Draft Undrafted
Pro Career 1999 – present

Steven Tetsuo Kariya (born December 22, 1977) is a Canadian professional ice hockey winger and younger brother of retired National Hockey League player Paul Kariya.

Playing careerEdit

After playing Junior A with the Nanaimo Clippers, he joined the college hockey ranks with the University of Maine Black Bears. In his senior year, he captained the Black Bears and led them to an NCAA title in 1999.

Having not been drafted by an NHL team, he was signed as a free agent by the Vancouver Canucks and played three-and-a-half years within the organization. During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Kariya went overseas to play for Ilves Tampere of the Finnish SM-liiga and won the Veli-Pekka Ketola trophy as the league's top point-scorer. Remaining in Europe, he played one-season stints with the Espoo Blues, HPK, and JYP, with whom he last played during the 2009–10 season. He also played for Frolunda HC of the Swedish Elitserien for two seasons.


His brother Martin is also a professional hockey player. He and Martin are the first and only brothers to have won the Veli-Pekka Ketola trophy.


  • NCAA Hockey East All-Rookie in 1996.
  • Awarded the NCAA Hockey East Sportsmanship Award in 1997, 1998 and 1999.
  • Named to the NCAA All-America First Team in 1999.
  • Named to the NCAA All-Star Team Hockey East in 1999.
  • NCAA Champion with University of Maine in 1999.
  • Awarded the Veli-Pekka Ketola trophy (Most points in SM-liiga) in 2005.

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1995–96 University of Maine HE 39715228
1996–97 University of Maine HE 3519315010
1997–98 University of Maine HE 3525255022
1998–99 University of Maine HE 4127396524
1999–00 Syracuse Crunch AHL 2918234122 42130
1999–00 Vancouver Canucks NHL 458111922
2000–01 Kansas City Blades IHL 4315294451
2000–01 Vancouver Canucks NHL 171678
2001–02 Manitoba Moose AHL 6725376248 71232
2001–02 Vancouver Canucks NHL 30112
2002–03 Manitoba Moose AHL 3814142818
2002–03 Albany River Rats AHL 3112193120
2003–04 Albany River Rats AHL 5717314828
2004–05 Ilves Tampere SM-liiga 5524355932 73254
2005–06 Espoo Blues SM-liiga 5622274961 933610
2006–07 Frölunda HC SEL 5523163934
2007–08 Frölunda HC SEL 411171818
2008–09 HPK Hämeenlinna SM-liiga 5821335426 61234
2009–10 JYP Jyväskylä SM-liiga 4616122820 1311210
NHL totals 659182732
SM-liiga totals 21583107190139 35881628
SEL totals 9624335752

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Timo Pärssinen
Winner of the Veli-Pekka Ketola trophy
Succeeded by
Tony Salmelainen

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