Wilf Paiement
Position Right Wing
6 ft 01 in (1.85 m)
210 lb (95 kg)
Teams Kansas City Scouts
Colorado Rockies
Toronto Maple Leafs
Quebec Nordiques
New York Rangers
Buffalo Sabres
Pittsburgh Penguins
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born October 16 1955 (1955-10-16) (age 64),
Earlton, Ontario
NHL Draft 2nd overall, 1974
Kansas City Scouts
Pro Career 1974 – 1988

Wilf Paiement (born October 16, 1955, in Earlton, Ontario) is a former professional right winger in the NHL from 1974 to 1988. He played for seven different NHL teams.

Playing careerEdit

Wilf Paiement was selected in the first round 1st (2nd overall) of the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft by the Kansas City Scouts of the NHL, the first-ever draft chice by the club. He played two seasons in Kansas City before the team moved to Colorado and became the Colorado Rockies. He would be the last active player to have played for the Scouts.

Paiement was a member of the Canadian team which returned to the World Championship 1977 in Austria after seven years of absence.

On October 25, 1978, Paiement attacked Detroit Red Wing's journeyman Dennis Polonich with his stick. The dimunitive five-foot-six-inch Polonich was trash-talking with Paiement, when Paiement struck Polonich's across the face with a two-handed slash, which resulted in severe facial lacerations, a smashed nose that required extensive reconstructive surgery, and a severe concussion. Along with a match penalty, Paiement was given the longest (at the time) suspension in NHL history - 15 games. Polonich sued, and was rewarded with a settlement of $850,000 in 1982. Polonich suffered with breathing problems from then on.

Paiement was traded from the Rockies to the Toronto Maple Leafs along with Pat Hickey for Lanny McDonald and Joel Quenneville on December 29, 1979. While in Toronto, he became the last player (aside from Wayne Gretzky to wear #99.

Paiement played in Toronto for the next three seasons before again being traded to the Quebec Nordiques for Miroslav Frycer and a 7th round pick in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft (Jeff Triano). After five seasons in Quebec, he was traded to the New York Rangers for Steve Patrick where he only played eight games.

The Buffalo Sabres claimed Paiement off waivers on October 6, 1986. He only played one season in Buffalo before rounding out his career with the Pittsburgh Penguins and finally, the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the IHL in 1987–88.

Career statistics Edit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1971–72Niagara Falls FlyersOHA346131974
1972–73St. Catharines Black HawksOHA61182745173
1973–74St. Catharines Black HawksOHA705073123134
1974–75Kansas City ScoutsNHL78261339101
1975–76Kansas City ScoutsNHL57212243121
1976–77Colorado RockiesNHL78414081101
1977–78Colorado RockiesNHL8031568711420007
1978–79Colorado RockiesNHL6524366080
1979–80Colorado RockiesNHL3410162641
1979–80Toronto Maple LeafsNHL4120284872302217
1980–81Toronto Maple LeafsNHL7740579714530002
1981–82Toronto Maple LeafsNHL69184058203
1981–82Quebec NordiquesNHL876131814661228
1982–83Quebec NordiquesNHL8026386417040114
1983–84Quebec NordiquesNHL80393776121931424
1984–85Quebec NordiquesNHL682328511651842658
1985–86Quebec NordiquesNHL4471219145
1985–86New York RangersNHL81671316551045
1986–87Buffalo SabresNHL56201737108
1987–88Muskegon LumberjacksIHL2817183552502215
1987–88Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL2326839
NHL totals 946 356 458 814 1757 69 18 17 35 185

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Simon Nolet
Colorado Rockies captains
Succeeded by
Gary Croteau
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