Jason Payne

Head Coach: Jason Payne

A native of Toronto, ON, Payne is entering his third season as Cyclones Assistant Coach. During his two years with the Cyclones they have gone 89-30-16 including a regular season best 51-13-8 record in 2018-2019. Prior to coming to Cincinnati, he served as the Player Development coach of the Niagara IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) as well as General Manager of the Georgetown Raiders of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL). He also coached both the Toronto Patriots of the OJHL and the Mississauga Sens AAA program. Payne is also the owner of the Precision Skating School in Toronto where his program focuses on the key dynamics of skating, puck handling techniques, defensive tactics, and other game related skills. He has worked with all levels of hockey players - from pee wee all the way to professional players.

Prior to his player development career, Payne enjoyed a successful 14-year pro career that saw stops in six different leagues, including 71 games in the AHL with the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks, Carolina Monarchs, Worcester IceCats, and Saint John Flames. He has also racked up 132 games of ECHL action and 140 games in the former United Hockey League (UHL) where he combined for over 1450 career penalty minutes.


Assistant Coach: Alex Bezerra

A native of Toronto, Ontario, Bezerra brings with him an 11-year background in coaching at various levels of junior hockey. Alex most recently served as Director of Hockey Operations for the French River Rapids in the NOJHL (North Ontario Junior Hockey League) and Assistant Coach for the Pickering Panthers of the OJHL (Ontario Junior Hockey League). During his career behind the bench, Bezerra has coached some of hockey's top players, including Robby Fabri, Sam Bennett, Connor McDavid, and current Cyclones forward Matt McLeod.


2021-22 Regular Season

# Name Pos Height Weight Shoots Birthplace
12 Mike Gornall F 5-11 201 R Irwin, PA
16 Jason Tackett LW 6-0 170 L West Chester, OH
18 Scott Kirton F 6-2 200 L Scarborough, ON
19 Jesse Schultz F 6-0 192 R Strasbourg, SK
23 Louie Caporusso C 5-9 185 L Toronto, ON
24 Lincoln Griffin F 5-10 185 L Walpole, MA
26 Cody Caron F 6-2 200 R Sault Ste. Marie, ON
28 Gianluca Esteves F 5-9 180 L Winnipeg, MB
44 Brandon Yeamans F 5-10 159 R Maple, ON
46 Justin Vaive F 6-6 237 L Buffalo, NY
# Name Pos Height Weight Shoots Birthplace
2 Samuel Hunter D 6-2 203 R Toronto, ON
3 Johnny Coughlin D 6-3 205 L Fairport, NY
4 Justin Bean D 6-2 205 R Pickering, ON
5 Graeme Brown D 6-0 194 L Kingston, ON
17 Matthew Cairns D 6-2 203 L Mississauga, ON
20 Wyatt Ege D 5-11 185 R Elk River, MN
25 Dajon Mingo D 5-9 180 R Canton, MI
77 Jack Van Boekel D 6-7 203 L Cambridge, ON
# Name Pos Height Weight Shoots Birthplace
1 Brendan Bonello G 6-3 209 R Mississauga , ON
30 Sean Bonar G 6-1 174 L Delta, BC
Team Personnel
  Name Role
  Ray Harris President
  Kristin Ropp General Manager
  Jason Payne Head Coach/Director of Hockey Operations
  Alex Bezerra Assistant Coach

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