Cody Payne, a newcomer to the Worcester Railers this year, grew up outside London, England and moved to Florida when he was about 5 years old. There, he started playing roller hockey. When that same group of kids started playing ice hockey, he followed suit. Payne played his last year of minor hockey in Toronto, making him eligible for the Ontario Hockey League, where he was drafted by the Oshawa Generals in the third round. He played five seasons there, after which spent three years at the University of Prince Edward Island. Over the summer, he spoke with Railers coach Jamie Russell and “ended up deciding Worcester was going to be a goo spot for me.”
So far, so good, according to Payne, who sees a lot of talent and a group of player who are learning the system and should be able to pile on the points.
“We’ve got a lot of selfless guys,” said Payne, who heading into a weekend set of home games in Worcester, joined five other players with four points. “Points-wise, we’re just implementing our systems. When you play the right way and you’re playing with good players, the points are going to come. You’re starting to see that most guys on our team. It’s just been a good group, a hardworking group. We’re just excited every day to get to the rink. We’re still getting better every day.”
Name: Cody Payne
Hometown: Woking, England
Team: Worcester Railers
If you weren’t playing hockey: I would be playing football, for sure. Tight end. I played a little bit when I was kid, nothing serious. It’s just been my favorite sport.
Favorite hobby: I’ll say probably golfing. I’m not very good at all.
Favorite food: Lobster
Favorite restaurant: I’ll go with Chipotle
Favorite place to hang out: Usually, if it’s warm outside, anywhere outside. Fishing usually, so down by some water or down by the beach.
Favorite band/singer: Coldplay
Favorite song: Right now, it would have to be “Loaded” by Lil’ Uzi
Favorite actor: Tom Hanks
Favorite movie and how many times you’ve seen it: “Mystery Alaska,” over 100 times
Favorite social media platform: I’m a Twitter guy (@cpsixfour)
Something most people don’t know about you: Besides being born in England, I would say one thing most people don’t know about me is I majored in finance in school.