OHL Grad Still Tough As Nails 14 years Later

Andre Payette played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 1993-94 to 1996-97. He began his career with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, playing three full seasons there. In his final season in the OHL, Payette was shipped to the Kingston Frontenacs after just four games.

Known throughout his hockey career for his toughness, Andre amassed 694 minutes in penalties during 180 regular season games in the Ontario Hockey League. Payette wasn’t all knuckles, he was able to provide a bit of offense as well, topping out with 20 goals over 57 games in 1995-96.

Always on the prowl for rough customers, the Philadelphia Flyers drafted Andre in the tenth round of the 1994 NHL draft, 244th overall. Payette jumped right into action with Philadelphia’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms. In 56 games with the Phantoms in his rookie year, Andre sat out 209 minutes and provided ten points.

Payette never played for the Flyers but did appear in 155 games in the American Hockey League between the Phantoms, Rochester Americans, Lowell Lock Monsters, Manchester Monarchs, Houston Aeros, St. John’s Maple Leafs and Manitoba Moose. Andre also spent parts of three seasons with the Mohawk Valley Prowlers of the UHL, leading the club in PIM during the 2000-01 season with 244 in just 45 games.

Andre has played in Great Britain since the 2004-05 season, leading his team in PIM each season. In 2007-08, he lead the whole Elite Ice Hockey League in penalty minutes with 326. Payette played his first season in the EIHL with the Coventy Blaze and helped the squad become regular season and playoff champions. The following four seasons were spent with the Newcastle Vipers, the team that was EIHL playoff champion the first season Payette suited up with them.

This past season, Payette was the Assistant Captain of the Manchester Phoenix of the EPL (tier 2 to the EIHL). He returns this season to the EPL but this time with the Sheffield Steeldogs. He is lucky to do so. An accident on a four wheeler deep in the Quebec wilderness left Payette with five broken ribs, a punctured lung and a broken foot. According to news reports, he crawled nearly eight kilometers before he could find help.

Andre Payette has just signed with the Steeldogs so his profile is not yet on the team’s official website. However, follow this link to check out the news article on the Sheffield site regarding the signing of Payette.

The above photo is borrowed from a Facebook group dedicated to Andre Payette, called Andre Payette… Hockey GOD!!

Andre Payette is on the OHL Alumni Big List.

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