Scarborough, Ontario native Wayne Cowley bounced around the minor pro leagues before he took to the Edmonton Oilers crease during the 1993-94 season. Cowley went from Colgate University to the International Hockey League where he spent parts of three seasons with the Salt Lake Golden Eagles, the minor league affiliate of the Calgary Flames, who had signed him to a free agent deal. This stint was followed by stops in the East Coast Hockey League, the American Hockey League and two tours of duty in Britain. In 1993 Cowley signed a free agent contract with the Edmonton Oilers, who gave him his NHL opportunity.
Cowley got into one NHL game during the 1993-94 season. Though he took the loss in the only game of his career he acquitted himself well making 35 saves and surrendering just three goals.
With his NHL days behind him, Cowley continued his nomadic ways with returns to the IHL and AHL as well as additional stops in Britain, a season in Germany and his final campaign, which was spent with the United Hockey League's Flint Generals in 1999-00.