ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Alaska Aces on Wednesday announced Davis Payne as their new head coach.
“Davis is a guy we’ve been looking at for a while and comes highly recommended by players, coaches, and front office executives alike,” said Alaska managing partner Terry Parks. “Most importantly, he brings what this ownership group and this community has been looking for, a proven track record behind the bench coupled with a desire to dive right into the Alaska lifestyle.”
Payne spent the past two and a half seasons as head coach of the Pee Dee Pride, recently renamed Florence Pride. Payne was 104-67-17 record in the regular season and helped the Pride reach the Kelly Cup Playoffs each of the past three seasons.
“I’m excited to come here and stare down the next challenge,” said Payne. “My wife and I are looking forward to living in Anchorage and becoming part of what seems like a real hockey town.”
Selected in the seventh round (140th overall) by Edmonton in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, Payne played 14 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.