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Daniel Paille
Born April 15, 1984 (1984-04-15) (age 37)
Welland, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Boston Bruins
Buffalo Sabres
NHL Draft 20th overall, 2002
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 2004–present

Daniel Paille (born on April 15, 1984) is a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger who currently plays for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL).

He was drafted 20th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing Career[]

Daniel played junior hockey for the Ontario Hockey League (OHL)'s Guelph Storm. He was also the member of Team Canada for the 2003 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships and the Team Canada captain for the 2004 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, winning silver medals in both tournaments.

On January 14, 2006, he scored his first NHL goal against the Los Angeles Kings.

In the summer of 2007, Daniel signed a one-year, $535,000 one-way contract to remain in Buffalo, then re-signed with the Sabres for two years, which was announced on July 16, 2008, for $2.2 million: $900,000 in the first year and in the second, $1,300,000.

On October 20, 2009, Daniel was traded to the Boston Bruins for a third-round and a conditional fourth-round draft selection.

Daniel's move to Boston marked the first ever trade of a player under contract between the two division rivals in their common 39 years in the NHL.

On June 15, 2011, Daniel won the Stanley Cup along with the rest of the Boston Bruins against the Vancouver Canucks in a 4-0 game.

Daniel was a major contributor on the penalty kill, as he and linemate Gregory Campbell played a huge role in keeping the high-powered Vancouver powerplay to only 2 goals in the seven game series.

After completing his third season with Boston in 2011–12, Paille was re-signed by the Bruins to a three-year contract on June 1, 2012.

On December 2, 2012, Daniel signed with Ilves, Tampere to play in Europe during the 2012–13 NHL lockout.

On June 15, 2013, Daniel scored the game-winning goal in overtime of Game 2 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals, giving the Bruins a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.

On June 17, 2013, Daniel scored the first goal in Game 3 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals, which turned out to be the game-winning goal in the Bruins 2-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

Career Statistics[]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Welland Tigers OMHA 52 42 41 83 40
1999–00 Welland Cougars GHL 42 14 17 37 19 16 16 16 32
2000–01 Guelph Storm OHL 64 22 31 53 57 4 2 0 2 2
2001–02 Guelph Storm OHL 62 27 30 57 53 9 5 2 7 9
2002–03 Guelph Storm OHL 54 30 27 57 28 11 8 6 14 6
2003–04 Guelph Storm OHL 59 37 43 80 63 22 9 9 18 14
2004–05 Rochester Americans AHL 79 14 15 29 54 9 2 2 4 6
2005–06 Rochester Americans AHL 45 14 13 27 29
2005–06 Buffalo Sabres NHL 14 1 2 3 2
2006–07 Rochester Americans AHL 29 7 14 21 12
2006–07 Buffalo Sabres NHL 29 3 8 11 18 1 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Buffalo Sabres NHL 77 19 16 35 14
2008–09 Buffalo Sabres NHL 73 12 15 27 20
2009–10 Buffalo Sabres NHL 2 0 1 1 0
2009–10 Boston Bruins NHL 74 10 9 19 12 13 0 2 2 2
2010–11 Boston Bruins NHL 43 6 7 13 28 25 3 3 6 4
2011–12 Boston Bruins NHL 69 9 6 15 15 7 1 0 1 2
2012–13 Ilves SM-liiga 9 2 4 6 6 - - - - -
2012–13 Boston Bruins NHL 46 10 7 17 8 - - - - -
NHL totals 427 70 71 141 117 46 4 5 9 8

Personal Life[]

Daniel attended Saint François Elementary School and École Secondaire Confédération.

He played his minor hockey with his hometown Welland Tigers of the OMHA's South Central AAA league.

His teammates growing up in Welland included several future NHL'ers including Nathan Horton, Daniel Girardi, Andre Deveaux and Matt Ellis.

Daniel admired Steve Yzerman when he was growing up. In 2009, he married his longtime girlfriend Dana St. Denis.

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