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.