The search for Paul Kariya

Published May. 30, 2015 4:47 p.m. EDT

In 2010, Paul Kariya retired from the NHL. He had played 15 seasons, mostly with Anaheim, and put together a brilliant career. A career that was unfortunately cut short due to numerous issues with concussions. Since his retirement, however, the former University of Maine star has been scarcely seen around the game. 

"I haven't played hockey since I retired," Kariya told the Vancouver Sun, and that is not necessarily because he doesn't want to, but because he can't. "My love was for playing. If I could still play, I’d still be playing out there.” Unfortunately Kariya is not alone in this regard, he is one of many players who have had their bright hockey future's cut short due to head injuries. 

(h/t Yahoo Sports)

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