Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Marcel Paille
When Marcel Paille hit the ice for the first time with the Quebec Citadelle of the QJHL in 1949, he would have had no idea just how long and far he would travel across the landscape of professional hockey. It would be a quarter of a century after that first game before his goal pads would finally be put aside.

In the meantime, he completed his junior stint with the Citadelle in 1953. From there, he launched his lengthy career as a minor-pro goalkeeper who, on occasions of injuries or transitions, would catch a glimpse and a few pucks with the New York Rangers between 1957 and 1965.

His two most meaty outings came in 1957-58 when he struggled through 33 games with only eleven wins and in 1964-65 when he appeared in 39 contests with ten wins to his credit. Paille spent the rest of his career in the service of a plethora of teams that included the North Bay Trappers, Matane Red Rocks, Chicioutimi Sagueneens, Cleveland Barons, Buffalo Bisons, Springfield Indians, Baltimore Clippers, Vancouver Canucks, Denver Invaders and, in his longest and most notable stint, Providence Reds of the AHL.

In 1972-73, however, at the age of 40, Paille got a big-league reprieve when he was recruited by the short-lived Philadelphia Blazers of the WHA. But as had always been the case at the top, the little netminder struggled to win only two of his 15 starts.

The following year, he joined the Richmond Robins of the AHL for one final campaign before retiring in 1974.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1948-49 Shawinigan Technique QAHA
1949-50 Quebec Citadelles QJHL 18 13 5 0 3 3.33 15 9 6 0 0 3.24
1950-51 Quebec Citadelles QJHL 46 33 13 0 0 2.93 13 9 4 0 0 2.99
1950-51 Quebec Citadelles M-Cup 10 6 4 0 2 4.00
1951-52 Quebec Citadelles QJHL 14 7 7 0 1 2.70
1952-53 Quebec Citadelles QJHL 48 30 15 3 1 3.12 9 0 2.22
1952-53 Quebec Citadelles M-Cup 8 4 4 0 0 4.88
1953-54 Matane Red Rockets LSLHL 65 5 2.80
1954-55 North Bay Trappers NOHA 59 24 25 10 1 3.86 13 1 3.08
1955-56 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QHL 61 30 26 4 2 2.91 5 1 4 0 0 3.80
1956-57 Cleveland Barons AHL 62 34 25 3 7 3.20 12 8 4 0 0 2.43
1957-58 New York Rangers NHL 33 11 15 7 1 3.09
1957-58 Providence Reds AHL 41 19 20 2 4 2.99 5 1 4 0 1 3.40
1958-59 New York Rangers NHL 1 0 0 1 0 4.00
1958-59 Buffalo Bisons AHL 70 38 27 4 3 2.79 11 6 5 0 1 2.44
1959-60 New York Rangers NHL 17 6 9 2 1 3.94
1959-60 Springfield Indians AHL 57 32 20 5 2 3.21 10 8 2 0 0 2.96
1960-61 New York Rangers NHL 4 1 2 1 0 4.00
1960-61 Springfield Indians AHL 67 46 20 1 8 2.81 4 4 0 0 1.33
1961-62 New York Rangers NHL 10 4 4 2 0 2.80
1961-62 Springfield Indians AHL 45 29 14 2 2 2.49 11 8 3 0 2 1.66
1962-63 New York Rangers NHL 3 0 1 2 0 3.33
1962-63 Baltimore Clippers AHL 41 18 20 3 0 3.56
1963-64 Vancouver Canucks WHL 70 26 41 3 2 3.60
1963-64 Denver Invaders WHL 3 1 2 0 0 3.71
1964-65 New York Rangers NHL 39 10 21 7 0 3.58
1965-66 Providence Reds AHL 60 17 40 2 1 3.99
1966-67 Providence Reds AHL 42 4 30 7 0 4.56
1967-68 Providence Reds AHL 54 23 23 8 1 3.53 8 4 4 0 0 2.48
1968-69 Providence Reds AHL 58 25 26 6 2 3.65 9 5 4 0 0 3.09
1969-70 Providence Reds AHL 62 2 3.55
1970-71 Providence Reds AHL 51 24 17 9 1 3.59 10 4 6 0 1 3.21
1971-72 Providence Reds AHL 34 15 16 2 3 3.33 5 1 4 0 0 3.56
1972-73 Philadelphia Blazers WHA 15 2 8 0 0 4.81
1973-74 Richmond Robins AHL 21 5 11 4 0 4.24 2 0 2 0 0 4.54
NHL Totals 107 32 52 22 2 3.42


QJHL Second All-Star Team (1951, 1952, 1953)
William Northey Trophy (QHL - Top Rookie) (1956) 195> AHL Second All-Star Team (1957, 1960)
AHL First All-Star Team (1959, 1961, 1962)
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award (AHL - fewest goals against) (1961, 1962)
WHL Second All-Star Team (1964)
Signed as a free agent by North Bay (NOHA), September 28, 1954. Claimed by NY Rangers from Chicoutimi (QHL) in Inter-League Draft, June 5, 1956.
Recorded a shutout (5-0) in NHL debut vs. Boston, November 2, 1957. Traded to Providence (AHL) by NY Rangers with Aldo Guidolin, Sandy McGregor and Jim Mikol for Ed Giacomin, May 18, 1965.
McGregor refused to report and was replaced with Buzz Deschamps. Selected by Chicago (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. WHA rights traded to Philadelphia (WHA) by Chicago (WHA) for future considerations, June, 1972.
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