Wilf Paiement

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Wilf Paiement
Born (1955-10-16) October 16, 1955 (age 58)
Earlton, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 01 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

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

Playing career[edit]

Wilf Paiement was selected in the first round 1st (2nd overall) of the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft by the Kansas City Scouts of the NHL. 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 which 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 center 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 IHL in 1987–88.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1971–72 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA 34 6 13 19 74
1972–73 St. Catharines Black Hawks OHA 61 18 27 45 173
1973–74 St. Catharines Black Hawks OHA 70 50 73 123 134
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 Quebec Nordiques NHL 8 7 6 13 18 14 6 6 12 28
1982–83 Quebec Nordiques NHL 80 26 38 64 170 4 0 1 1 4
1983–84 Quebec Nordiques NHL 80 39 37 76 121 9 3 1 4 24
1984–85 Quebec Nordiques NHL 68 23 28 51 165 18 4 2 6 58
1985–86 Quebec 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 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 28 17 18 35 52 5 0 2 2 15
1987–88 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 23 2 6 8 39
NHL totals 946 356 458 814 1757 69 18 17 35 185

Achievements[edit]

  • Wilf Paiement was the first player ever drafted by the Kansas City Scouts/Colorado Rockies/New Jersey Devils organizations.
  • He played in the very first games for the Kansas City Scouts and the Colorado Rockies.
  • 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. He last wore #99 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 that he was Wayne Gretzky before being revealed on camera, to which he said "What, you're expecting someone else?"
  • Upon his retirement from the NHL, Paiement was the last active player that had ever played for the Kansas City Scouts.

References[edit]

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

External links[edit]

Preceded by
none
Kansas City Scouts first round draft pick
1974
Succeeded by
Barry Dean
Preceded by
Simon Nolet
Colorado Rockies captain
1977-79
Succeeded by
Gary Croteau