Sept 18,2014(ISN) – The British Columbia Hockey league is pleased to have alumnus and former NHLer Steve Kariya as the honorary chairman of the third-annual Bauer BCHL Showcase.
Kariya, currently a scout with the New Jersey Devils, played the 1994-95 season with the Nanaimo Clippers scoring 39 goals and 60 assists for 99 points. He went on to a four-year NCAA career at the University of Maine where he piled up 187 points in 150 games. He is one of three brothers to play in the BCHL and go on to Maine along with older brother Paul and younger brother Martin.
Steve signed as a free agent after college appeared in 65 NHL games over three seasons, all with the Vancouver Canucks. His career then took him to Europe where he played in top pro leagues in Finland and Sweden.
At the Showcase, Steve Kariya will be a part of the official puck drop and opening ceremonies Saturday night before the Chilliwack Chiefs – Powell River Kings game.
Bauer BCHL Showcase games start at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Chilliwack’s Prospera Centre and run through to Sunday evening. All 16 BCHL teams will be there and will each play two regular-season games. More than 100 NCAA and NHL scouts are expected to attend the event.