The young Wilf Paiement played his minor hockey in Northern Ontario until he was surprised by his high school principal who informed him that, according to the Globe & Mail, he'd just been drafted #1 by the Niagara Falls Flyers of the OHA.
He joined the Flyers the following year but found the cultural difference too great to handle at age 16. He returned home for a time and finally rejoined the club just as it was sold to Sudbury. All of the team's equipment and players were part of the deal except Wilf Paiement. Hap Emms retained his rights and, to Paiement's chagrin, sent him to St. Catharines where he played out his junior career as a prolific two-way player.
In 1974, he was chosen 2nd overall in the NHL Amateur Draft by the expansion Kansas City Scouts. The team's lineup was weak, but Paiement played a solid two-way game, establishing himself as a scorer who, like his older brother, could fight very effectively.
Two seasons later, the Scouts transferred their franchise to Colorado where Paiement skated for their new incarnation as the Rockies. There, he continued to be a team leader until he was whisked away to Toronto for the popular Lanny McDonald.
With the Leafs, Paiement achieved his highest single-season point totals, netting 40 goals and 57 assists in 1980-81. A season-and-a-half later, however, he moved on the join a strong Nordiques lineup that made effective use of his robust play, during the days of their great "Battle of Quebec" against the Canadiens.
By 1986, injuries began to take a toll on his performance as he made brief stops with the Rangers, Sabres and Penguins. He finally left the NHL in 1988 to play 28 games with Muskegon of the IHL before retiring from hockey.