Remembering Garnet “Ace” Bailey and Mark Bavis on 9/11
Usually as a Sharks fan, I’d try hard as hell to not to write anything solely on the Los Angeles Kings as the two are bitter rivals.
However, on this 15th anniversary of 9/11, I’m putting aside our rivalry to remember two Kings’ scouts who perished that fateful day as they sat aboard United Flight 175 which departed from Boston.
Bailey, who was 53, was entering his 33rd season as a player or scout. He had earned seven Stanley Cup rings throughout his career. He spent seven years as the Kings’ director of pro scouting, as well as 13 years scouting for the Edmonton Oilers.
“Ace” Bailey broke into the League with the Boston Bruins during the 1968-69 season and spent five seasons with the club, winning two Cups in 1969-70 and 1971-72. He also played parts of two seasons with the Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues, and over three years with the Washington Capitals. He’d also played for the Oilers at one point in the 1978-79 season as a linemate of Wayne Gretzky.
Mark Bavis, who was 31, was entering his second year as an amateur scout with the Kings. He played college hockey at Boston University and was drafted by the New York Rangers in the ninth round (181st overall) in the 1989 Entry Draft.
The 9/11 tragedy affected all of us, no matter who we were or what team we cheered for. The NHL was no different. Today, on behalf of the staff here at Ice Nation UK, we remember Garnet “Ace” Bailey and Mark Bavis along with the other 2,975 who were killed.
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