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Wilfrid Paiement, Jr. (/pˈmɑːnt/; born October 16, 1955) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey right wing who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1974 through 1988, for seven different NHL teams. He is the younger brother of former NHL hockey player Rosaire Paiement.

Wilf Paiement
Born (1955-10-16) October 16, 1955 (age 64)
Earlton, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Kansas City Scouts
Colorado Rockies
Toronto Maple Leafs
Quebec Nordiques
New York Rangers
Buffalo Sabres
Pittsburgh Penguins
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 2nd overall, 1974
Kansas City Scouts
Playing career 1974–1988

Playing careerEdit

Wilf Paiement was selected in the first round (2nd overall) of the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft by the Kansas City Scouts. He played two seasons in Kansas City before the team moved to Colorado and became the Colorado Rockies.

Paiement was a member of the Canadian team that returned to the World Championship in Austria in 1977 after seven years of absence. During the tournament, frustrated by the lack of success, many members of Team Canada, including Paiement, resorted to violence.[citation needed] Paiement attacked Swedish player Lars-Erik Ericsson (who received a stick in the eye), as well as Russian players Shadrin, Yakushev and Babinov (who were all knocked unconscious).[citation needed]

On October 25, 1978, Paiement attacked Detroit Red Wings centre Dennis Polonich with his stick.[citation needed] The diminutive five-foot-six-inch Polonich was trash-talking with Paiement, when Paiement struck Polonich's across the face with a two-handed slash, which resulted in severe facial lacerations, a smashed nose that required extensive reconstructive surgery, and a severe concussion.[citation needed] Along with a match penalty, Paiement was given the second longest (at the time) suspension in NHL history - 15 games.[citation needed] Polonich sued, and was rewarded with a settlement of $850,000 in 1982; he has suffered with breathing problems from then on.[citation needed]

Paiement was traded from the Rockies to the Toronto Maple Leafs along with Pat Hickey for Lanny McDonald and Joel Quenneville on December 29, 1979.

Paiement played in Toronto for the next three seasons before again being traded to the Quebec Nordiques for Miroslav Frycer and a 7th round pick in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft (Jeff Triano). After five seasons in Quebec, he was traded to the New York Rangers for Steve Patrick where he only played eight games.

The Buffalo Sabres claimed Paiement off waivers on October 6, 1986. He only played one season in Buffalo before rounding out his career with the Pittsburgh Penguins and finally, the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the International Hockey League (IHL) in 1987–88.

In the late 90's he, along with other NHL alumni played a charity hockey game against the East York Bulldogs. A pee wee hockey team in East York Ontario.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1971–72 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA-Jr. 34 6 13 19 74 6 0 1 1 17
1972–73 St. Catharines Black Hawks OHA-Jr. 61 18 27 45 173
1973–74 St. Catharines Black Hawks OHA-Jr. 70 50 73 123 134
1973–74 St. Catharines Black Hawks MC 3 1 0 1 17
1974–75 Kansas City Scouts NHL 78 26 13 39 101
1975–76 Kansas City Scouts NHL 57 21 22 43 121
1976–77 Colorado Rockies NHL 78 41 40 81 101
1977–78 Colorado Rockies NHL 80 31 56 87 114 2 0 0 0 7
1978–79 Colorado Rockies NHL 65 24 36 60 80
1979–80 Colorado Rockies NHL 34 10 16 26 41
1979–80 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 41 20 28 48 72 3 0 2 2 17
1980–81 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 77 40 57 97 145 3 0 0 0 2
1981–82 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 69 18 40 58 203
1981–82 Québec Nordiques NHL 8 7 6 13 18 14 6 6 12 28
1982–83 Québec Nordiques NHL 80 26 38 64 170 4 0 1 1 4
1983–84 Québec Nordiques NHL 80 39 37 76 121 9 3 1 4 24
1984–85 Québec Nordiques NHL 68 23 28 51 165 18 4 2 6 58
1985–86 Québec Nordiques NHL 44 7 12 19 145
1985–86 New York Rangers NHL 8 1 6 7 13 16 5 5 10 45
1986–87 Buffalo Sabres NHL 56 20 17 37 108
1987–88 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 23 2 6 8 39
1987–88 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 28 17 18 35 52 5 0 2 2 15
NHL totals 946 356 458 814 1757 69 18 17 35 185

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1977 Canada WC 10 5 5 10 32
1978 Canada WC 10 6 1 7 8
1979 Canada WC 8 3 3 6 6
Senior totals 28 14 9 23 46

AchievementsEdit

Wilf Paiement was the first player drafted by the Kansas City Scouts/Colorado Rockies/New Jersey Devils organization. He played in both the first games of the Scouts and the Rockies. Upon his retirement from the NHL, Paiement was the last active player to have played for the Scouts.

While Paiement was playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs he wore the number 99 for the 187 games he spent in Toronto, and was the last player other than Wayne Gretzky to wear that number, last wearing it on March 6, 1982 against the Montreal Canadiens.[1] Referencing his time using the number 99, Paiement appeared in a commercial for the Canadian furniture store Leon's in 2008, in honour of their 99th anniversary. The commercial teased the appearance of Gretzky before reveal Paiement, who then said "What, you're expecting someone else?"

AwardsEdit

  • OMJHL First All-Star Team – 1974
  • WEC–A Best Forward – 1979 (Tied with Sergei Makarov)
  • NHL All–Star Team – 1976, 1977, 1978

TransactionsEdit

  • July 15, 1976 – Transferred to Colorado after Kansas City franchise relocated.
  • December 29, 1979 – Traded to Toronto by Colorado with Pat Hickey for Lanny McDonald and Joel Quenneville.
  • March 9, 1982 – Traded to Quebec by Toronto for Miroslav Frycer and Quebec's 7th round choice (Jeff Triano) in 1982 Entry Draft.
  • February 6, 1986 – Traded to NY Rangers by Quebec for Steve Patrick.
  • October 6, 1986 – Claimed by Buffalo from NY Rangers in Waiver Draft.
  • September 10, 1987 – Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1974 NHL Amateur Draft - Wilf Paiement". Hockeydraftcentral.com. Retrieved 2012-01-30.

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