A rare example of a modern player making it to the NHL out of a Canadian university--in Carriere's case, Loyola College for three years. He got his big break while playing on the farm for Buffalo's AHL affiliate in Cincinnati in 1972-73. Jim Schoenfeld and Mike Robitaille both went down with injuries on the Sabres blueline, so Carriere, a 1972 draft choice, was called up.
When the two regulars returned, he was relegated to spot duty, and soon was on the move to Atlanta, Vancouver, and L.A, three trades in less than one calendar year. At this point, Carriere got a good job offer in Toronto out of hockey, and asked the Kings to waive him out of the league with the purpose of signing his retirement papers. They waived him, but he didn't get around to signing off when Buffalo's GM Punch Imlach claimed him.
Carriere agreed to play with the Sabres, and the Kings filed tampering charges. Nothing came of this, and after nine games he retired, only to return for two games with the Leafs a year and a half later before quitting for good at age 27.