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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Wilf Paiement

(Born October 16, 1955) -- Wilf Paiement bounced around the National Hockey League quite a bit during his career. One of those stops was in Buffalo, and he knew his way around the area when he got here.

Paiement played junior hockey just over the border in Niagara Falls and St. Catharines. He scored 123 points in 70 games in his last year of junior, and that caught the attention of the Kansas City Scouts. They made him the first draft pick in their history (second overall) in 1974.

The big winger had 26 goals in his rookie year, making him one of the few bright spots on the expansion team. Paiement made the move to Colorado with the Scouts, and then played for the Maple Leafs, Nordiques and Rangers.

Just before the start of the 1986-87 season, the Sabres took Paiement in the waiver draft. That Buffalo team needed plenty of help, as it eventually finished last overall. But Paiement at least chipped in with 20 goals.

He finished his NHL career in Pittsburgh the following season. One trivia note: he scored the 100,000th goal in NHL history on Oct. 12, 1980.

--- Budd Bailey


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