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|1974 NHL DRAFT PICK|
Selected in first round
2 overall by Kansas City Scouts
Height: 6-0 Weight: 190
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
St. Catharines (OMJHL)
Birthplace: Earlton, Ontario (Canada)
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
OMJHL All-Star First Team: 1973-74 (St. Catharines)
Miscellaneous: Rated in The Hockey News draft preview issue as
No. 5 overall underage prospect in the 1974 NHL draft. ... Drafted by Niagara Falls in first round of 1970 OMJHL
midget draft. ... Left Niagara Falls during 1971-72 season because he was
homesick, but returned near end of season. ... Was on Niagara Falls team that relocated to Sudbury
after 1971-72 season, but never played there because team traded him to St.
Catharines for a midget draft choice at same time it was being sold to Sudbury
group. ... Was OMJHL's
fourth-leading scorer in 1973-74.
| Debut: October 9, 1974 (Kansas City at
Numbers: 9 (K.C./Colorado); 99 (Toronto); 27
(Quebec); 11 (N.Y. Rangers); 27 (Buffalo); 9 (Pittsburgh)
Stanley Cup: Never won.
Playing Status: Retired 1988
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
||K.C./Colo., Toronto, Quebec|
NYR, Buffalo, Pittsburgh
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
||COL, TOR, QUE, NYR||69
AWARDS AND HONORS
All-Star Game: 1976, 1977, 1978 (Colorado)
Colorado MVP: 1976-77
Colorado Player of Year (Three-Stars Leader): 1978-79
Toronto Molson Cup (Three-Stars
Leader): 1980-81 (co-winner)
Captain: September 1977 until September 1978.
Colorado Points Leader: 1976-77 (81), 1977-78 (87), 1978-79 (60)
Leader: 1974-75 (26, tie), 1976-77 (41), 1977-78 (31), 1978-79 (24)
Colorado Assists Leader: 1976-77 (40), 1977-78 (56), 1978-79 (36)
Penalty-Minutes Leader: 1974-75 (101), 1977-78 (114)
Toronto Points Leader: 1980-81 (97)
Quebec Playoffs Goals Leader: 1984 (3, tie)
1974-75: Played on first Kansas City Scouts team.
1976-77: Played on first Colorado Rockies team.
Miscellaneous: Was available in 1974 NHL Amateur Draft only because of the league's decision to allow the drafting
of underage players that year.
... Was first player drafted in history of New Jersey Devils franchise. ... With Alan Eagleson working as his agent, he garnered the largest rookie
contract in NHL history. ... His NHL debut was first game in New Jersey
Devils franchise history. ... Scored six goals in his first 10 NHL games. ... Missed
final two months of 1975-76 season with thigh injury. ... Was on Kansas City team that relocated to Colorado on
July 15, 1976. ... Realized his prediction of a 40-goal season in 1976-77 when
he scored 41. ... Was first player in New Jersey Devils franchise history to
score 40 goals in a season. ... Resigned as Colorado's captain during 1978
training camp because he felt role was taking away from his goal production. ... Suspended 15 games during 1978-79 for a
stick-swinging incident that injured Dennis Polonich on Oct. 25, 1978 in Detroit. An angry Paiement, who
was given a match penalty, was retaliating for a cross-check in the face that
he had received from Polonich. The 15-game suspension was the longest in NHL
history to that date. Polonich later won a lawsuit related to the incident.
... Scored the 100,000th regular-season goal in NHL history while playing for
Toronto in a 4-2 victory at Philadelphia on Oct. 12, 1980. ... Missed part of
1981-82 season with sprained right knee, an injury suffered in Quebec's 4-2
loss at Montreal on March 27, 1982. ... Missed parts of 1984-85 season with
knee, finger and groin injuries. ... Scored at least 20 goals in 11 straight
seasons from 1974-75 through 1984-85. ... Missed start of 1985-86 season with
torn knee ligaments, an injury suffered in Quebec's 1985 training camp. ...
Missed part of 1985-86 season with fractured left foot, an injury he suffered
in his first game with N.Y. Rangers on Feb. 9, 1986, at Boston. ... Missed
final 20 games of 1986-87 season with right knee injury that required surgery.
He suffered the injury in Buffalo's game at Boston on Feb. 28, 1987. ... Was
the last player other than Wayne Gretzky to wear No. 99 in an NHL game, while
playing for Toronto vs. Montreal on March 6, 1982. The number has since been retired and will never
be worn by another NHL player.
|Post-Draft Teams: Muskegon
World Championships: 1977 (fourth), 1978 (bronze), 1979
AWARDS AND HONORS
World Championships Best
Forward: 1979 (Canada) (co-winner)
1987-88: Played on IHL
regular-season champion (Muskegon).
Miscellaneous: Grew one inch
after he was drafted, and played most of his career at 6-foot-1, 210 pounds.
... Started an off-season moving business with one of his brothers in 1986.
... Returned to Toronto area after his retirement and became active in Oldtimers' charity hockey.
Personal: Full name is Wilfrid Paiement Jr. ... Younger brother of former NHL player Rosaire Paiement. ...
Father of major-junior player Adam Paiement. ... Had 15 older brothers and sisters while growing up
on his parents' farm in Earlton, Ontario.
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
|TRADE: Colorado traded Paiement and Pat
Hickey to Toronto in exchange for Lanny McDonald and Joel Quenneville on Dec.
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