- For the politician, see Daniel Paillé.
Paillé playing for the Finnish league team, Ilves, during the 2012–13 NHL lockout.
April 15, 1984 |
Welland, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
|NHL Draft||20th overall, 2002
Daniel Paille (born April 15, 1984) is a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger who currently plays for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted 20th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
Paille was raised in Welland, Ontario. He went to Saint François Elementary School and École Secondaire Confédération. Paille played his minor hockey with his hometown Welland Tigers of the OMHA's South Central AAA league. His teammates growing up in Welland included several future NHL'ers including Nathan Horton, Daniel Girardi, Andre Deveaux, and Matt Ellis. He admired Steve Yzerman when he was growing up. In 2009 Paille married his longtime girlfriend Dana St. Denis.
Paille played junior hockey for the Ontario Hockey League (OHL)'s Guelph Storm. He was also the member of Team Canada for the 2003 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships and the Team Canada captain for the 2004 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, winning silver medals in both tournaments.
Paille scored his first NHL goal on January 14, 2006, against the Los Angeles Kings. In the summer of 2007, Paille signed a one-year, $535,000 one-way contract to remain in Buffalo, then re-signed with Sabres for two years, which was announced on July 16, 2008, for $2.2 million: $900,000 in the first year, and in the second, $1,300,000.
Paille was traded to the Boston Bruins on October 20, 2009 for a third-round and a conditional fourth-round draft selection. Paille's move to Boston marked the first ever trade of a player under contract between the two division rivals in their common 39 years in the NHL.
Paille won the Stanley Cup along with the rest of the Boston Bruins on June 15, 2011 against the Vancouver Canucks in a 4-0 game. He was a major contributor on the penalty kill, as he and linemate Gregory Campbell played a huge role in keeping the high-powered Vancouver powerplay to only 2 goals in the seven game series.
Paille signed with Ilves, Tampere on December 2, 2012, for play in Europe during the 2012–13 NHL lockout.
- "What's Bruin?: Daniel Paille". WHDH.com. Retrieved June 26, 2012.
- Vogl, John. "Sabres move forward without Paille". Buffalo News. Retrieved 2009-10-21.
- "Bruins sign forwards Paille, Bourque to multi-year deals". The Sports Network. 2012-06-01. Retrieved 2012-06-01.
- Daniel Paille's player profile at NHL.com
- Daniel Paille's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
|Buffalo Sabres first round draft pick