|6 ft 1 in (0 m)|
210 lb (95 kg)
|Teams||Kansas City Scouts|
Toronto Maple Leafs
New York Rangers
|Born||October 16 1955,|
|NHL Draft||2nd overall, 1974|
Kansas City Scouts
|Pro Career||1974 – 1988|
Playing career[edit | edit source]
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 | edit source]
|1971–72||Niagara Falls Flyers||OHA||34||6||13||19||74||—||—||—||—||—|
|1972–73||St. Catharines Black Hawks||OHA||61||18||27||45||173||—||—||—||—||—|
|1973–74||St. Catharines Black Hawks||OHA||70||50||73||123||134||—||—||—||—||—|
|1974–75||Kansas City Scouts||NHL||78||26||13||39||101||—||—||—||—||—|
|1975–76||Kansas City Scouts||NHL||57||21||22||43||121||—||—||—||—||—|
|1979–80||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||41||20||28||48||72||3||0||2||2||17|
|1980–81||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||77||40||57||97||145||3||0||0||0||2|
|1981–82||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||69||18||40||58||203||—||—||—||—||—|
|1985–86||New York Rangers||NHL||8||1||6||7||13||16||5||5||10||45|
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|Colorado Rockies captains
|Kansas City Scouts/Colorado Rockies/New Jersey Devils first-round draft picks|
|Scouts: Paiement • Dean|
Rockies: Gardner • Beck • Gillis • Ramage • Gagne • Cirella
Devils: Trottier • Daneyko • MacLean • Muller • Wolanin • Brady • Shanahan • C. Foster • Guerin • Miller • Brodeur • Niedermayer • Rolston • Smith • Pederson • Sharifijanov • Sykora • Ward • Damphousse • Van Ryn • Gomez • Ahonen • Hale • A. Foster • Parise • Zajac • Bergfors • Corrente • Tedenby • Josefson
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