Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jim Paek
Jim Paek had to travel a long way in his ascent to the NHL. His South Korean birth certificate shows ample evidence of the physical and cultural distance he had to cover in the pursuit of his hockey dream.

His birth-given name was Chison Paek, but after his family immigrated to Canada when he was an infant, his parents gave him the name "Jim" to make his integration into Canadian society a little easier.

As Paek grew a little older, he took a keen interest in hockey. And, as he noted, good fortune came in the form of parental support to play sports, a benefit not commonly offered in the Korean community where a much greater emphasis is placed upon academics.

By the time he made the junior level with the Oshawa Generals of the OHA, Paek's parents were so enamoured with the sport that they attended 106 of his 108 games one season. From the OHA, Paek toiled for three seasons in Muskegon of the IHL before he joined the Pittsburgh Penguins in time for the playoffs of 1992. He lasted parts of three more campaigns with the Pens before he was traded to the Kings late in 1993-94.

After a 29-game stint with the Ottawa Senators in 1994-95, Paek returned to the IHL where he rounded out his pro career in Houston, Manitoba, Minnesota, and Cleveland.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1983-84 St. Michael's Midgets Minor-ON 39 8 12 20 86
1983-84 St. Michael's Buzzers ON-Jr.B 5 0 2 2 8
1984-85 Oshawa Generals OHL 54 2 13 15 57 5 1 0 1 9
1985-86 Oshawa Generals OHL 64 5 21 26 122 6 0 1 1 9
1986-87 Oshawa Generals OHL 57 5 17 22 75 26 1 14 15 43
1986-87 Oshawa Generals M-Cup 4 1 0 1 4
1987-88 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 82 7 52 59 141 6 0 0 0 29
1988-89 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 80 3 54 57 96 14 1 10 11 24
1989-90 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 81 9 41 50 115 15 1 10 11 41
1990-91 Canada Nat-Tm 48 2 12 14 24
1990-91 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 3 0 0 0 9 +2 8 1 0 1 2
1991-92 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 49 1 7 8 36 0 19 0 4 4 6
1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 77 3 15 18 64 +13
1993-94 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 41 0 4 4 8 -7
1993-94 Los Angeles Kings NHL 18 1 1 2 10 -1
1994-95 Ottawa Senators NHL 29 0 2 2 28 -5
1995-96 Houston Aeros IHL 25 2 5 7 20
1995-96 Minnesota Moose IHL 42 1 11 12 54
1996-97 Manitoba Moose IHL 9 0 2 2 12
1996-97 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 74 3 25 28 36 14 0 1 1 2
1997-98 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 75 7 9 16 48 +2 10 2 1 3 4
1998-99 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 65 4 11 15 34 +1
1998-99 Houston Aeros IHL 11 0 3 3 2 +7 19 2 4 6 10
1999-00 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 69 2 20 22 27 +5 9 0 2 2 2
2000-01 Nottingham Panthers BH-Cup 10 1 4 5 6
2000-01 Nottingham Panthers Britain 47 3 21 24 28 6 1 2 3 0
2001-02 Anchorage Aces WCHL 40 1 28 29 12 -7
2001-02 Nottingham Panthers Britain 5 0 0 0 4 6 0 1 1 4
NHL Totals 217 5 29 34 155 27 1 4 5 8


Traded to Los Angeles by Pittsburgh with Marty McSorley for Tomas Sandstrom and Shawn McEachern, February 16, 1994. Traded to Ottawa by Los Angeles for Ottawa's 7th round pick (Benoit Larose) in 1995 NHL Draft, June 25, 1994. Traded to Houston (IHL) by Manitoba (IHL) for Mike Stevens, November 25, 1996. Loaned to Houston (IHL) by Cleveland (IHL) for Jason Ruff and future considerations, March, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Nottingham Panthers (Britain), August 4, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Anchorage, September 6, 2001.
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