Daniel Paille

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Daniel Paille
Daniel Paille - Boston Bruins.jpg
Paillé playing for the Boston Bruins.
Born (1984-04-15) April 15, 1984 (age 31)
Welland, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams

Free Agent
Buffalo Sabres

Boston Bruins
NHL Draft 20th overall, 2002
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 2004–present

Daniel Joseph Paille (born April 15, 1984) is a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger currently playing 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.

Personal life[edit]

Paille was raised in Welland, Ontario. He attended to Saint François Elementary School and École Secondaire Confédération.[citation needed] Paille played his minor hockey with his hometown Welland Tigers of the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA)'s South Central AAA league. His teammates growing up in Welland included several future NHLers, 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 Goritsis.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Junior[edit]

Paille playing for Ilves during the 2012–13 NHL lockout.

Paille played junior hockey for the Ontario Hockey League (OHL)'s Guelph Storm. He was also a member of Team Canada for the 2003 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships and served as Canada's captain for the same tournament in 2004, winning silver medals in both.

Professional[edit]

Paille scored his first career NHL goal on January 14, 2006, against the Los Angeles Kings. In the summer of 2007, he signed a one-year, $535,000 one-way contract to remain in Buffalo, then again re-signed with the Sabres the next summer, on July 16, 2008, on a two-year, $2.2 million contract that paid $900,000 in his first year and $1.3 million in his second.

On October 20, 2009, Paille was traded to the Boston Bruins in exchange for a third-round and a conditional fourth-round draft pack. His 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.[2]

Paille won the Stanley Cup with the Bruins on June 15, 2011, over the Vancouver Canucks in a 4–0 Game 7 victory. He was a major contributor on the penalty kill, as he and linemate Gregory Campbell were instrumental in holding the high-powered Vancouver power play unit to just two goals scored in the seven-game Finals series.

After completing his third season with Boston in 2011–12, Paille was re-signed by the Bruins to a three-year contract on June 1, 2012.[3]

Paille signed with Ilves in Finland on December 2, 2012, during the 2012–13 NHL lockout; he rejoined the Bruins when play resumed in mid-Januay 2013. On June 15, during the 2013 playoffs, Paille scored the game-winning goal in overtime of Game 2 of the Finals, giving the Bruins a 2–1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Two days later, on June 17, he scored the first goal in Game 3 of the Finals, which turned out to be the game-winner in the Bruins' 2–0 win over Chicago. Despite taking a 2–1 series lead, the Bruins would ultimately lose the series, 4–2.

On April 13, 2015, the Bruins, after missing the playoffs for the first time in nine years, informed Paille that they will not be offering him a contract extension, which will effectively make him an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2015.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Welland Tigers OMHA 52 42 41 83 40
1999–00 Welland Cougars GHL 42 14 17 37 19 16 16 16 32
2000–01 Guelph Storm OHL 64 22 31 53 57 4 2 0 2 2
2001–02 Guelph Storm OHL 62 27 30 57 53 9 5 2 7 9
2002–03 Guelph Storm OHL 54 30 27 57 28 11 8 6 14 6
2003–04 Guelph Storm OHL 59 37 43 80 63 22 9 9 18 14
2004–05 Rochester Americans AHL 79 14 15 29 54 9 2 2 4 6
2005–06 Rochester Americans AHL 45 14 13 27 29
2005–06 Buffalo Sabres NHL 14 1 2 3 2
2006–07 Rochester Americans AHL 29 7 14 21 12
2006–07 Buffalo Sabres NHL 29 3 8 11 18 1 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Buffalo Sabres NHL 77 19 16 35 14
2008–09 Buffalo Sabres NHL 73 12 15 27 20
2009–10 Buffalo Sabres NHL 2 0 1 1 0
2009–10 Boston Bruins NHL 74 10 9 19 12 13 0 2 2 2
2010–11 Boston Bruins NHL 43 6 7 13 28 25 3 3 6 4
2011–12 Boston Bruins NHL 69 9 6 15 15 7 1 0 1 2
2012–13 Ilves SM-l 9 2 4 6 6
2012–13 Boston Bruins NHL 46 10 7 17 8 22 4 5 9 0
2013–14 Boston Bruins NHL 72 9 9 18 6 7 1 0 1 2
2014–15 Boston Bruins NHL 71 6 7 13 12
NHL totals 570 85 87 172 135 75 9 10 19 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ "What's Bruin?: Daniel Paille". WHDH.com. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  2. ^ Vogl, John. "Sabres move forward without Paille". Buffalo News. Retrieved 2009-10-21. 
  3. ^ "Bruins sign forwards Paille, Bourque to multi-year deals". The Sports Network. 2012-06-01. Retrieved 2012-06-01. 

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Preceded by
Keith Ballard
Buffalo Sabres first round draft pick
2002
Succeeded by
Thomas Vanek