Cecil Browne joined the Winnipeg Strathconas of the Western Junior Hockey League as an 18-year-old in 1914-15 and scored an incredible 15 goals and 20 points in just five games. Needless to say, his offensive prowess was widely noticed by teams in the senior leagues. At 19, he played six games with the Strathconas and scored 12 goals and 16 points. In one game with the senior Winnipeg Monarchs he counted one goal and an assist. After another two years in Winnipeg, Browne played three years in the Saskatchewan Senior Hockey League, one year with the Moose Jaw Maple Leafs and two years with the Regina Victorias. In 33 games over that span, he scored 41 goals.
The next stop for Browne was a three-year tour of the MHL with the Winnipeg Winnipegs and the Selkirk Fishermen. Browne's only NHL season came in 1927-28, when he played in 13 games for the Chicago Blackhawks, where he found scoring not nearly so easy. In fact, he managed just two goals while with the Blackhawks and was unable to retain a spot on the roster past those 13 games.
In 1928-29, Browne focused his attention on the PCHL and the Seattle Eskimos, where he played the last two years of his professional career, retiring in the spring of 1930 at the age of 34.