Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Rosaire Paiement
Rosie Paiement is one of 16 children born to a one-time Canadian senior arm-wrestling champ, Wilf Paiement, Sr. Rosie, like all the Paiement boys, was a strong, stocky lad who liked to arm wrestle and play tough hockey.

Starting in 1964, he spent two seasons with the Niagara Falls Flyers of the OHA before turning pro with the New Jersey Devils of the EHL in 1966. As a Devils forward, Paiement burned up the league's scoring sheets and began to accumulate the penalty minutes that would become an integral part of his big-league role as an enforcer.

In 1968, Paiement was called up to the NHL by the Flyers just ahead of their first-ever playoff run. In his first post-season match, he attained his career highlight by scoring a hat trick against Glenn Hall of the St. Louis Blues.

Paiement then bounced between the Flyers and the Quebec Aces of the AHL until he was claimed by the expansion Vancouver Canucks in 1970. It was on the West Coast that he finally saw regular NHL action, netting a career-high 34 goals in his first season with the club.

Paiement completed only one more campaign in Vancouver before he was lured to the WHA where he skated for six additional seasons with Chicago, New England, and Indianapolis. His career came to an abrupt end when, during a scuffle with Dave Semenko, Paiement was elbowed and then sucker-punched in the left eye. The damage to his sight was so severe that it forced his retirement from hockey.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1962-63 New Liskeard Lions Minor-ON
1963-64 Waterloo Siskins ON-Jr.B
1964-65 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA-Jr. 56 13 24 37 40 9 0 2 2 5
1964-65 Niagara Falls Flyers M-Cup 12 3 4 7 13
1965-66 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA-Jr. 47 14 25 39 38 6 0 1 1 10
1966-67 Jersey Devils EHL 72 61 64 125 175 16 3 11 14 53
1967-68 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 7 1 0 1 11 +1 3 3 0 3 0
1967-68 Quebec Aces AHL 64 18 30 48 189 12 4 6 10 41
1968-69 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 27 2 4 6 52 -14
1968-69 Quebec Aces AHL 42 16 22 38 122 15 9 5 14 35
1969-70 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 9 1 1 2 11 -2
1969-70 Quebec Aces AHL 67 28 40 68 242 6 1 1 2 15
1970-71 Vancouver Canucks NHL 78 34 28 62 152 +12
1971-72 Vancouver Canucks NHL 69 10 19 29 117 -37
1972-73 Chicago Cougars WHA 78 33 36 69 137
1973-74 Chicago Cougars WHA 78 30 43 73 87 18 9 6 15 16
1974-75 Chicago Cougars WHA 78 26 48 74 97
1975-76 New England Whalers WHA 80 28 43 71 89 17 4 11 15 41
1976-77 New England Whalers WHA 13 5 2 7 12
1976-77 Indianapolis Racers WHA 67 18 25 43 91 9 0 5 5 15
1977-78 Indianapolis Racers WHA 61 6 24 30 81
NHL Totals 190 48 52 100 343 3 3 0 3 0


Brother of Wilf
EHL North First All-Star Team (1967)
EHL North Rookie of the Year (1967)
John Carlin Trophy (Top Scorer - EHL) (1967)
Traded to Philadelphia by Boston for Philadelphia's 1st round choice (Rick MacLeish) in 1970 Amateur Draft, October 18, 1967. Claimed by Vancouver from Philadelphia in Expansion Draft, June 10, 1970. Selected by Chicago (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Selected by Denver (WHA) from Chicago (WHA) in WHA Expansion Draft, May, 1975. Traded to New England (WHA) by Denver (WHA) for New England's 1st round choice (later traded to Indianapolis - Indianapolis selected Bob Simpson) in WHA Amateur Draft, June 26, 1975. Traded to Indianapolis (WHA) by New England (WHA) for Gary MacGregor, November, 1976.