Don Paquette

Don Paquette played eight seasons in the CFL, seeing action mainly at defensive end.  Paquette started his career with three seasons in Hamilton (1958-60) before being involved in the famous botched trade that sent Hal Patterson to Hamilton and made Sam Etcheverry a free agent.  Paquette played three season in Montreal (1961-63) before being traded to Toronto for Chuck Wood, Clare Exelby and Jerry Philp.  While with the Als, Paquette earned a reputation as a very aggresive defensive end, and as a very colorful character. Paquette missed much of the 1962 season with the Als due to injuries.  Paquette spent one season in Toronto (1964) before being traded in February of 1965 to Calgary for offensive lineman Bill Crawford.  The hot and cold Paquette was released partway through the 1965 season and resigned by the Alouettes. After retiring from football, Paquette unfortunately ran afoul of the law in 1972, being sought by police in conjuction with a murder.  Paquette would later plead guilty to a manslaughter charge.

Player Exchange Wrecks Club - Montreal Gazette November 10, 1960

Paquette Injured - Sept. 27, 1962 Montreal Gazette

Paquette Suspended - July 15, 1963 Montreal Gazette

Don Paquette Trade in Focus - August 15, 1964 Montreal Gazette

Paquette Traded to Stampeders - February 8, 1965

Paquette Will Rejoin Alouttes - October 4, 1965

Ridell Injury Sends Paquette to Montreal - October 7, 1965

Paquette a bit Groggy After First Game Back - October 13, 1965

Paquette Sought in Connection to Murder - Sept. 4, 1972 - Montreal Gazette

Paquette Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter - Sept. 17, 1972 Montreal Gazette

 

GP, Interceptions and Fumble Returns
Year Team GP Int Yds Avg TDInt Long FR Yds Avg TD Long FF
1958 HAM
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1959 HAM
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1960 HAM 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1961 MON 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1962 MON 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1963 MON 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1964 TOR 14 1 0 0 0 0 2

0

1965 CAL 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1965 MON 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

No official games played stats were kept in the East until 1960.

Returns

KO Returns
Year Team KOR Yds Avg TD Long
1958 HAM 0 0 0 0 0
1959 HAM 0 0 0 0 0
1960 HAM 1 3 3 0 3
1961 MON 0 0 0 0 0
1962 MON 0 0 0 0 0
1963 MON 0 0 0 0 0
1964 TOR 0 0 0 0 0
1965 CAL 0 0 0 0 0
1965 MON 0 0 0 0 0

 

1962 Post

Don Paquette