Cool Fact of the Week 6/23/13 – 6/29/13

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Vancouver-born Japanese-Canadian speedester Paul Kariya is the all-time hero of the University of Maine’s hockey program (that’s my school!). As a freshman, he scored 100 points in 39 games, earning him both Hockey East rookie of the year and player of the year honors (in similar fashion to BC Eagle Brian Leetch in ’87). He would eventually be chosen as the year’s Hobey Baker Award winner, becoming the first (and so far only) freshman recepient of the trophy. He led the Black Bears to the national title, as Big Blue beat the Lake Superior State Lakers, 5-4, in the title game after winning 42 games in the year and losing just one. Kariya registered 3 assists in the third period in the title match-up as the Black Bears erased a two goal deficit to win.

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