- For the politician, see Daniel Paillé.
Paillé playing for the Boston Bruins.
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 Joseph Paille (born April 15, 1984) is a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger who is currently a Free Agent. He was drafted 20th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
Paille was raised in Welland, Ontario. He attended to Saint François Elementary School and École Secondaire Confédération. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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-January 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.
- "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
|Awards and achievements|
|Buffalo Sabres first round draft pick