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San Diego Marlins Defenseman Brian Payne #9

 

The start of the (81) season has seen some great signings and talent in the VHLM.  Today we spotlight San Diego prospect #9 Brian Payne.  Payne played his major junior hockey with the Everett Silvertips and shined in his three years there.  A bruising defensive defenseman he led the Silvertips to two Memorial Cup appearances but failed to take home the trophy in both years.  Name two-time CHL Defenseman of the Year his star was on the rise.   He quarterbacked the defensive corps with impressive numbers last year 14 goals 50 assist for 64 points and a whopping 305 minutes in penalties.  

 

Missing the season 81 draft to age requirements he was signed as a free agent by the rough and tumble San Diego Marlins.   When asked why he signed the hulking 602 225lbs defenseman prior to the next draft year, JB123 held up his two fists.  “He can skate, hit, fight, and plays a hard game. He relishes in stopping the other teams’ top forwards.  He cares nothing about stats or glory.  He wants to win and that is the type of player we want on the Marlins.  He has tremendous talent too so if we can get him to play a more disciplined game, I know his skills will shine.”  

  

Often compared to former New Jersey defenseman Scott Stevens, Payne certainly can bring much to an already steady defensive corps on the Marlins.  Hopefully with the mentorship of Tavish DeGroot and Maxwell Matthius, Payne can learn to temper his aggressive play for a more compete game.  

 

In an interview with Payne he talked with us about his signing with the Marlins.  “I am pumped to play on this club and am so happy they signed me.  First, the City of San Diego is awesome.  Coming from the constant rain of Washington State it’s nice to show up to the rink in flip flops.  As for the club, I can’t ask for more.  JB1123 has treated me like family and the players are no different.  Were a family here and I want to do anything I can do help the team win the division.  The talent level in the VHLM is a lot better than junior so I need to adjust my game.  Every day I am in the gym earning TPE so I know I will improve as the season goes on.  I am defenseman first and my job is to stop the other team from scoring.  That is my focus.  Points will come but I love doing the little things to help us win.  I have some great mentors here and I look forward to the season.”

 

 

 

 

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