Team are pursuing a legendary player for management seat!
Paul Kariya had a tremendous career in the NHL. He played 8 seasons with the Anaheim Ducks and the management team openly manifested their interest in having him in an executive position. Surprisingly, Kariya would have consistently rebuffed the idea as reported by his former teammate and hockey legend Teemu Selanne.
According to Selanne, he would be disappointed by how the NHL executive manage players’ health while he suffered many concussions during his career length.
Here’s Teemu Selanne full statement as reported by NBC sports:
“It was kind of a shame how his career ended. He’s very bitter about that. He always thought that the NHL was not looking after the players the way they should. So that’s why he doesn’t want to be involved with hockey at all, and he almost kind of like disappeared from the hockey world, which is very sad.
‘What he has done for hockey, and especially here in Anaheim and California, it’s unbelievable. He was an unbelievable hockey player, and I had a great time with him. It hurts me that he doesn’t want to be part of hockey, because I think he has a lot to offer and give. Hopefully one day he will come back, for some reason. I know the Ducks have really tried hard to get him back and into the program.’
‘But he’s very bitter about hockey, which is very sad.’