Réal Paiement

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Réal Paiement (born September 30, 1959) is a Canadian hockey coach. He coached the Acadie-Bathurst Titan of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) after spending over two years coaching professional hockey in Europe. His last stint in the QMJHL was serving as head coach and general manager of the St. John's Fog Devils in 2007-2008. He was an ice hockey player for several major junior teams from 1975 until 1982, then played in the International Hockey League (IHL) and in France before returning to Canada to play at McGill University.

Hockey career[edit]

Player[edit]

Paiement was a defenceman in the QMJHL for several years. He was drafted by the Montreal Junior Canadiens in 1975. He played with the Jr. Canadiens until he was traded in the middle of the 1978–79 season to the Flint Generals of the IHL. He played no regular season games with the Generals, but played in six playoff games where he scored one goal.

The Generals then traded Paiement to the Milwaukee Admirals where he played until the end of the 1981–82 season and then suited up for the McGill University Redmen, where he played for head coach Ken Tyler from 1983 to 1985.

Career statistics[edit]

Team League GP G A Pts PIM
Montreal Jr. Canadiens QMJHL 60 3 18 21 58
Montreal Jr. Canadiens QMJHL 72 6 22 28 64
Montreal Jr. Canadiens QMJHL 72 10 45 55 68
Montreal Jr. Canadiens QMJHL 72 8 42 50 85
Flint Generals IHL 0 0 0 0 0
Milwaukee Admirals IHL 74 6 34 40 46
Milwaukee Admirals IHL 73 4 26 30 74
Milwaukee Admirals IHL 81 10 47 57 57
S.E.P.F Dunkirk France na na na na na
McGill Redmen CIAU 20 2 12 14 48
McGill Redmen CIAU 22 1 17 18 26

Coach[edit]

Paiement began his coaching career in 1985 as an assistant coach with the McGill University Redmen. In 1986-87, he was named head coach of the QMJHL's Granby Bisons, which was his most successful season as a coach, winning 48 of the 70 regular season games. During his final year in Granby, half of the season was coached by John Paris. Paiement coached the Bisons for four seasons before spending two years coaching the Chicoutimi Saguenéens. Next, from the 2001–02 season until the 2003–04 season, Paiement was head coach of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. In 2005, he was named head coach and general manager of the St. John's Fog Devils and on October 5, 2007, Paiement broke the record for most QMJHL games as head coach as he coached his 989th game. On May 25, 2008, he sign a one-year contract to coach HC Ajoie in Switzerland. In April 2010 he announced his departure from Ajoie at the end of the 2009-10 season [1] for HC Viège.[2][3] Following a short stay with EHC Visp, he re-signed with the Titan and returned to Canada.

Sources and references[edit]

Réal Paiement career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database