Jason Payne

Head Coach: Jason Payne

A native of Toronto, ON, Payne is entering his third season behind the Cyclones bench and first as the Head 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.

Chad Macleod

Assistant Coach - Chad MacLeod

MacLeod played parts of three professional seasons as a goaltender across four different leagues, appearing in 25 games, including five with the 1996-97 Flint Generals, where he was teammates with Payne.

This will not be the first time MacLeod coaches in The Queen City. In 2003, the Toronto, Ontario native came in to coach the Cincinnati Cobras of the CSHL, taking a team from a 1-46 record to a 39-9 mark two seasons later en route to a championship tournament appearance. MacLeod has served in a coaching capacity for nearly 20 years across several youth and junior leagues, including the NA3HL and NAHL, as well as being a Goaltending Coach for multiple organizations in the now defunct-Central Hockey League (CHL).


2023 Preseason

# Name Pos Height Weight Shoots Birthplace
8 Zack Andrusiak F 5-11 187 L Armstrong, BC
23 Louie Caporusso C 5-9 185 L Toronto, ON
27 Patrick Polino F 5-9 172 R Buffalo, NY
28 Lee Lapid F 6-1 200 R Thornhill, Ontario,
39 Adam Berg F 6-1 190 L Calgary, ALTA
42 James Hardie F 5-11 176 L Barrie, Ontario
46 Justin Vaive F 6-6 237 L Buffalo, NY
47 Luka Burzan F 6-1 186 L Surrey, BC
# Name Pos Height Weight Shoots Birthplace
5 Jalen Smereck D 6-0 190 R Detroit, MI
6 Steven MacLean D 6-7 216 L Scarborough, Ontario
17 Matthew Cairns D 6-2 203 L Mississauga, ON
Team Personnel
  Name Role
  Ray Harris President
  Kristin Ropp General Manager
  Jason Payne Head Coach/Director of Hockey Operations
  Chad MacLeod Assistant Coach

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