|6 ft 1 in (0 m)|
180 lb (82 kg)
|Teams||Indianapolis Racers (WHA)|
New England Whalers (WHA)
Chicago Cougars (WHA)
Vancouver Canucks (NHL)
Philadelphia Flyers (NHL)
|Born||August 45 1945,|
|Pro Career||1967 – 1978|
Paiement started his National Hockey League career with the Philadelphia Flyers in 1967. He also played for the Vancouver Canucks. He left the NHL after the 1972 season to play in the World Hockey Association. There, he played for the Chicago Cougars, New England Whalers, and Indianapolis Racers.
Starting in 1964, he spent two seasons with the Niagara Falls Flyers of the junior OHA before turning pro with the Jersey Devils of the EHL in 1966. As a Devils forward, Paiement burned up the league's scoring sheets and began to accumulate the penalty minutes that would become an integral part of his big-league role as an enforcer.
In 1968, Paiement was called up to the NHL by the Philadelphia Flyers just ahead of their first-ever playoff run. In his first post-season match, he attained his career highlight by scoring a hat trick against Glenn Hall of the St. Louis Blues.
Paiement then bounced between the Flyers and the Quebec Aces of the AHL until he was claimed by the expansion Vancouver Canucks in the 1970 NHL Expansion Draft. It was on the West Coast that he finally saw regular NHL action, netting a career-high 34 goals in his first season with the club.
Paiement completed only one more campaign in Vancouver before he was lured to the WHA where he skated for six additional seasons with the Chicago Cougars, New England Whalers, and Indianapolis Racers. His career came to an abrupt end when, during a scuffle with Dave Semenko, Paiement was elbowed and then sucker-punched in the left eye. The damage to his sight was so severe that it forced his retirement from hockey.
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