2009-10: Cody Payne, who grew up in Florida, attended USA Hockey's Select 15 Camp in the summer before skating for the Mississauga Reps midget AAA team in the Greater Toronto Hockey League. In 64 games he scored 39 goals with 26 assists. He was selected by the Oshawa Generals in the third round (58th overall) of the 2010 OHL Priority Draft.
2010-11: Payne played 50 games for Oshawa in his first OHL season. He scored 1 goal with 12 assists and was plus-seven with 35 penalty minutes. The Generals finished second in the East Division and reached the second round of the playoffs. Payne saw limited action in two playoff games; scoring one goal and finishing with an even plus/minus.
2011-12: Payne opened the season with Oshawa before being traded to Plymouth in November. He also represented the USA in the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament prior to the season. He scored 2 goals and was minus-two with 12 penalty minutes in ten games for Oshawa prior to the trade. Payne played 50 games for Plymouth, scoring 3 goals with 11 assists, and was minus-one with 95 penalty minutes. The Whalers finished first in the West Division and reached the second round of the OHL playoffs. Payne had 1 assist and was minus-two with 9 penalty minutes in 9 playoff games. In three games for the USA U-18 squad at the Ivan Hlinka tournament he was scoreless and minus-three with 4 penalty minutes. USA finished fifth in the tournament despite losing once in four games. Payne was selected by Boston in the fifth round (145th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.
2012-13: Payne played in 66 games for Plymouth in his first full season with the Whalers and had career highs in goals (24) and assists (45) and was +16 with 75 penalty minutes. Plymouth finished first in the West Division and reached the Western Conference finals. Payne had a reduced role in the playoffs as Plymouth acquired Panthers prospect Vincent Trocheck and two other OHL veterans for the playoff run. Payne scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was -2 with 15 penalty minutes in 15 playoff games. The Dallas Stars acquired the rights to Payne from Boston in April 2013 as part of the Jaromir Jagr trade.
Cody Payne is big, prototypical power forward. He has a natural mean streak and hits to separate people from the puck. He’s also a willing pugilist. He has spent most of his junior career as a bit player, buried on the depth chart, but has shown that he can be an effective, grinding winger for skilled linemates when given the chance. This season promises to be an important one for Payne as he looks to work himself into the Plymouth Whalers top-nine.
Payne will develop this season and next in the OHL. Appears to be pegged for fourth-line duty if or when he arrives in the NHL.
Payne's rights were traded to the Dallas Stars by the Boston Bruins in April of 2013 in the deal that sent Jaromir Jagr to the Bruins.