Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Steve Payne
Steve Payne was born August 16, 1958 in Toronto, Ontario. The second round, 19th overall selection of the Minnesota North Stars in the 1978 NHL Entry Draft, Payne is a graduate of the OMJHL's Ottawa 67's.

An offensively gifted forward, Payne played two seasons with the 67's, scoring 57 goals in his second season and helping his club reach the Memorial Cup tournament. Payne made his professional debut with Minnesota during the 1978-79 season while seeing limited action with the CHL's Oklahoma City Stars. Once Payne's NHL season came to an end, he suited up for Canada at the 1979 World Championships.

In his sophomore season Payne established career highs in goals with 42 and points with 85 while making his NHL All-Star Game debut earlier in the year. Payne was an instrumental in leading the North Stars to the Stanley Cup final in 1981 against the eventual Cup champion New York Islanders. In 19 playoff games, Payne recorded 29 points (17-12-29). Payne went on to play parts of ten seasons in Minnesota, and had seven consecutive 20+ goal seasons before calling it a career early into the 1987-88 season.

Throughout his 10-year career Payne played in 613 games and finished with 466 points (228-238-466), while appearing in two All-Star Games (1980, 1985).


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1976-77 Ottawa 67's OMJHL 61 25 26 51 22 19 4 14 18 5
1976-77 Ottawa 67's M-Cup 5 1 0 1 0
1977-78 Ottawa 67's OMJHL 52 57 37 94 22 16 12 8 20 4
1978-79 Minnesota North Stars NHL 70 23 17 40 29 -5
1978-79 Oklahoma City Stars CHL 5 3 4 7 2
1978-79 Canada WEC-A 7 2 0 2 2
1979-80 Minnesota North Stars NHL 80 42 43 85 40 +37 15 7 7 14 9
1980-81 Minnesota North Stars DN-Cup 2 0 0 0 0
1980-81 Minnesota North Stars NHL 76 30 28 58 88 +14 19 17 12 29 6
1981-82 Minnesota North Stars NHL 74 33 45 78 76 +20 4 4 2 6 2
1982-83 Minnesota North Stars NHL 80 30 39 69 53 -9 9 3 6 9 19
1983-84 Minnesota North Stars NHL 78 28 31 59 49 -2 15 3 6 9 18
1984-85 Minnesota North Stars NHL 76 29 22 51 61 -14 9 1 2 3 6
1985-86 Minnesota North Stars NHL 22 8 4 12 8 0
1986-87 Minnesota North Stars NHL 48 4 6 10 19 -12
1987-88 Minnesota North Stars NHL 9 1 3 4 12 -1
1987-88 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 5 3 5 8 6
NHL Totals 613 228 238 466 435 71 35 35 70 60


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