ECHL Coaches Biography
Davis Payne – Alaska Aces

This is the first in a series of biographies on the head coaches of the 25 teams in the ECHL in 2005-06.

ECHL.com will post a different coach’s biography each weekday at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Davis Payne returns for his third season as head coach and president of hockey operations for the Alaska Aces.

In his second season, Alaska finished first in the West Division and the National Conference with 98 points and a 45-19-8 record. The Aces made their second consecutive Kelly Cup Playoffs appearance, losing in seven games to Kelly Cup Champion Trenton after capturing the West Division postseason title with wins over Bakersfield and Long Beach.

In their inaugural season, the Aces finished fourth in the division at 38-28-6 and swept regular season points champion San Diego in the division semifinals before losing to Kelly Cup Champion Idaho in the division finals.

Payne was head coach and director of hockey operations for Pee Dee in the ECHL for two and a half seasons from 2000-03. With Payne behind the bench, Pee Dee was 104-67-17 in the regular season and reached the Kelly Cup Playoffs three straight seasons, advancing to the second round all three years.

Selected in the seventh round (140th overall) by Edmonton in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, Payne played eight professional seasons. He began his pro career in the ECHL with the Greensboro Monarchs in 1992-93. He played for Phoenix and San Antonio of the International Hockey League and Rochester and Providence of the American Hockey League while also playing 22 games in the NHL with the Boston Bruins. He concluded his playing career as an original member of the Greenville Grrrowl of the ECHL where he played two seasons before becoming an assistant coach. Payne and his wife, Jane, live in Anchorage with their daughters, Allison and Lydia.