About Serge Payer

Serge Payer is a Canadian pro hockey player. Payer has played 119 career NHL games with the Florida Panthers and Ottawa Senators, scoring 7 goals and 6 assists for 13 points.

Serge Payer was born on May 9th, 1979 in Rockland, Ontario, (35 km east of Ottawa). He studied Economics and Macroeconomics at Wilfried Laurier University in Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario where he played five consecutive years in the Ontario Hockey League for the Kitchener Rangers from 1995-2000.

Payer was signed by the Florida Panthers on 30 September 1997.

In 1999, Payer’s career nearly came to an end when he was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome while playing junior hockey for the Kitchener Rangers. After a ten-month battle with the disease and subsequent bout with mononucleosis, he returned to the Rangers before eventually making his NHL debut on November 13, 2000, against the Atlanta Thrashers.

The Serge Payer Foundation began as a way to raise money for Guillain-Barré Syndrome research and to promote public awareness of the disease.

After an eight-year career of pro hockey in North America (2000-08), he played three years of elite pro hockey in Europe (2008-11), including most recently with the Norwegian team Vålerenga of the GET-ligaen.

Now retired from pro hockey, Serge works as an agent and advisor for elite hockey talent through his company, Unlimited Sports Management.

It is my hope to raise general awareness of Guillain-Barré Syndrome and help people who are afflicted with this debilitating illness. Ultimately, I’d like to do whatever I can to help fund research, new treatments and a cure for this disease.