On June 29, 2011, forward Paul Kariya was forced to retire after suffering six concussions.
“I feel very fortunate for the 15 years I spent in the NHL,” Kariya said then. “At some point, whether you play 10 or five or 20 years, you have to retire eventually – and no matter what you do afterward, you need your brain to be functioning.”
Since that day, Kariya has disappeared from the sport that made him famous, retreating to his Anaheim home twenty minutes away from Honda Center. Taking up surfing, Kariya was named to the Hockey Hall of Fame on July 26, 2017, but has not put on his hockey gear since April 10, 2010 – his final game in the NHL.
Wednesday night, TSN contributor Michael Farber spoke to Kariya in a feature entitled Resurfacing. Farber asks all the awkward and difficult questions to a player who was forced to end his career far too early.