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Wilf Paiement
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Born October 16, 1955 (1955-10-16) (age 63)
Earlton, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 01 in (1.85 m)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
Played for Kansas City Scouts
Colorado Rockies
Toronto Maple Leafs
Quebec Nordiques
New York Rangers
Buffalo Sabres
Pittsburgh Penguins
National team Flag of Canada.svg Canada
NHL Draft 2nd overall, 1974
Kansas City Scouts
Playing career 1974–1988

Wilf Paiement (born Wilfrid Paiement, Jr. on October 16, 1955) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey right wing in the National Hockey League from 1974 through 1988, for seven different NHL teams.

He is the younger brother of former NHL hockey player Rosaire Paiement.

Playing CareerEdit

Wilf was selected in the first round (2nd overall) of the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft by the Kansas City Scouts. He played two seasons in Kansas City before the team moved to Colorado and became the Colorado Rockies.

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

During the tournament, frustrated by the lack of success, many members of Team Canada, (including Wilf) resorted to violence. He attacked Swedish player Lars-Erik Ericsson (who received a stick in the eye) as well as Russian players Shadrin, Yakushev and Babinov (who were all knocked unconscious).

On October 25, 1978, Wilf attacked Detroit Red Wings centre Dennis Polonich with his stick. Polonich was trash-talking with Wilf when he 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, Wilf was given the second longest (at the time) suspension in NHL history: 15 games. Polonich sued and he was rewarded with a settlement of $850,000 in 1982; he has suffered with breathing problems from then on.

On December 29, 1979, Wilf was traded from the Rockies to the Toronto Maple Leafs along with Pat Hickey for Lanny McDonald and Joel Quenneville.

While playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Wilf wore the number 99 for the 187 games he spent in Toronto and was the last player other than Wayne Gretzky to wear that number. He last wore #99 on March 6, 1982 against the Montreal Canadiens.

Wilf 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.

On October 6, 1986, the Buffalo Sabres claimed him 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.

Upon his retirement from the NHL, Wilf was the last active player that had ever played for the Kansas City Scouts.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
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
1976–77 Colorado Rockies NHL 78 41 40 81 101
1977–78 Colorado Rockies NHL 80 31 56 87 114 2 0 0 0 7
1978–79 Colorado Rockies NHL 65 24 36 60 80
1979–80 Colorado Rockies NHL 34 10 16 26 41
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
1981–82 Quebec Nordiques NHL 8 7 6 13 18 14 6 6 12 28
1982–83 Quebec Nordiques NHL 80 26 38 64 170 4 0 1 1 4
1983–84 Quebec Nordiques NHL 80 39 37 76 121 9 3 1 4 24
1984–85 Quebec Nordiques NHL 68 23 28 51 165 18 4 2 6 58
1985–86 Quebec Nordiques NHL 44 7 12 19 145
1985–86 New York Rangers NHL 8 1 6 7 13 16 5 5 10 45
1986–87 Buffalo Sabres NHL 56 20 17 37 108
1987–88 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 23 2 6 8 39
1987–88 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 28 17 18 35 52 5 0 2 2 15
NHL Totals 946 356 458 814 1,757 69 18 17 35 185

AccoladesEdit

  • OMJHL First All-Star Team – 1974
  • WEC–A Best Forward – 1979 (Tied with Sergei Markov)
  • NHL All–Star Team – 1976, 1977, 1978

AchievementsEdit

  • Was the first player ever drafted by the Kansas City Scouts/Colorado Rockies/New Jersey Devils organizations.
  • Played in the very first games for the Kansas City Scouts and the Colorado Rockies.