Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Wilf Paiement
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.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1971-72 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA-Jr. 34 6 13 19 74 6 0 1 1 17
1972-73 St. Catharines Black Hawks OHA-Jr. 61 18 27 45 173
1973-74 St. Catharines Black Hawks OHA-Jr. 70 50 73 123 134
1973-74 St. Catharines Black Hawks M-Cup 3 1 0 1 17
1974-75 Kansas City Scouts NHL 78 26 13 39 101 -42
1975-76 Kansas City Scouts NHL 57 21 22 43 121 -37
1976-77 Colorado Rockies NHL 78 41 40 81 101 -13
1976-77 Canada WEC-A 10 5 5 10 32
1977-78 Colorado Rockies NHL 80 31 56 87 114 -14 2 0 0 0 7
1977-78 Canada WEC-A 10 6 1 7 8
1978-79 Colorado Rockies NHL 65 24 36 60 80 -30
1978-79 Canada WEC-A 8 3 3 6 6
1979-80 Colorado Rockies NHL 34 10 16 26 41 -6
1979-80 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 41 20 28 48 72 +1 3 0 2 2 17
1980-81 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 77 40 57 97 145 -7 3 0 0 0 2
1981-82 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 69 18 40 58 203 -21
1981-82 Quebec Nordiques NHL 8 7 6 13 18 -1 14 6 6 12 28
1982-83 Quebec Nordiques NHL 80 26 38 64 170 -10 4 0 1 1 4
1983-84 Quebec Nordiques NHL 80 39 37 76 121 +28 9 3 1 4 24
1984-85 Quebec Nordiques NHL 68 23 28 51 165 +12 18 4 2 6 58
1985-86 Quebec Nordiques NHL 44 7 12 19 145 0
1985-86 New York Rangers NHL 8 1 6 7 13 +2 16 5 5 10 45
1986-87 Buffalo Sabres NHL 56 20 17 37 108 +2
1987-88 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 23 2 6 8 39 -4
1987-88 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 28 17 18 35 52 5 0 2 2 15
NHL Totals 946 356 458 814 1757 69 18 17 35 185


Brother of Rosaire
OMJHL First All-Star Team (1974)
Named Best Forward (Tied with Sergei Makarov) at WEC-A (1979) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1976, 1977, 1978)
Transferred to Colorado after Kansas City franchise relocated, July 15, 1976. Traded to Toronto by Colorado with Pat Hickey for Lanny McDonald and Joel Quenneville, December 29, 1979. Traded to Quebec by Toronto for Miroslav Frycer and Quebec's 7th round pick (Jeff Triano) in 1982 NHL Draft, March 9, 1982. Traded to NY Rangers by Quebec for Steve Patrick, February 6, 1986. Claimed by Buffalo from NY Rangers in Waiver Draft, October 6, 1986. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, September 10, 1987.
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