|Wilfrid Paiement, Jr.
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 210 pounds
Born: 10.16.55 Earlton, Ontario
|How he arrived: Via Entry Draft
How he left: Traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs with Pat Hickey for Lanny McDonald and Joel
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
When the 1974 draft came and went, Paiement instantly became a franchise player. Only thing is: it was on an
expansion team that was really bad.
Still, young, tough, talented and with nothing to lose, Paiement would develop into that billing when the franchise was
moved to Denver. That kind of leadership (leadership by example) would garner him captaincy when Simon Nolet
retired, but he gave up the role after the Rockies lost to the Philadelphia Flyers in their only playoff appearance in 1978.
Paiement also garnered some infamy in the beginning of the 1978-79 season when he slashed Detroit Red Wing Dennis
Polonich across the face. At 15 games, that would be the longest suspension any player had received at the time.
Leaving the Rockies would prove to be a blessing for him, really. He would play on more competitive teams like the
Leafs, and later the Quebec Nordiques.
Up until his last season in 87-88 (with the IHL's Muskegon Mohawks), he had never played a game in the minors. He
was actually productive when he was sent down; he wasn't doing much with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Mohawks'
parent club at the time.
He had lived near Buffalo, where he played for the Sabres for a year near the end of his career, after retirement and
had gotten into real estate.
|Entry Draft: 1974 First Round Pick (2nd overall) by the
Kansas City Scouts
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise