Payton was born and raised in Kandiyohi County and attended high school in New London where he graduated in 2012. During high school, Payton played varsity for the River Lakes Stars and during his sophomore year, earned a roster spot with the Granite City Lumberjacks in the NA3HL. By the start of his senior year, Payton was recruited and signed a major juniors deal with the Shawinigan Cataractes. During his junior hockey career, Payton played across the U.S. and Canada in the MNJHL, SIJHL, NAHL and QMJHL. Payton was offered a chance to play semi-pro for the Westertown Privateers (FHL) and the Adelaide Adrenaline (AIHL), when traveling in Australia. Payton was given his first coaching opportunity at Marian University (D3) NCHA and over the past few years stayed in touch with junior hockey as a scout and volunteer assistant until the right opportunity presented itself. Fast forward to today as t
General Manager/Assistant Coach/Scout
Cell Phone: 518-538-4389
Connor White from upstate NY is familiar with the town and organization here in Willmar as he has served as the Assistant Coach the 20-21 season. Assisting in the teams first ever playoff win and playoff series win. To then earn himself the Associate Head Coach title during the WarHawks most successful regular season in 21-22. Prior to his time in Wilmar, Connor has coached at several levels including High School, NAHL, NCAA Div. III, and ECHL.
Connor began his coaching career in 2012-2013 coaching with the South Glens Falls Bulldogs who then became and are now known as the Adirondack Rivermen. Following his 3 years coaching at the high school level came his opportunity to serve as the video coach and hockey operations assistant with the ECHL’s Adirondack Thunder during the 2015-2016 season. Morrisville State College (NCAA Div. III) then took him on to become the Assistant Coach the next 3 seasons. Where he lead the responsibilities of recruiting incoming players from the junior hockey ranks. He then joined the Chippewa Steel (NAHL) out of Chippewa Falls, WI as the assistant coach for the 2019-2020 season.
Director of Operations & Community Outreach
Cell Phone: 320-979-7219
Sales / Play by Play Voice of the WarHawks
Cell Phone: 320-295-2435
Sales / Gameday Operations
Cell Phone: 818-935-7972
Cell Phone: 818-445-1018