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June 13, 1948|
Lloydminster, SK, Canada
|Died||September 11, 2001
New York, NY, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)|
Detroit Red Wings
St. Louis Blues
|NHL Draft||13th overall, 1966
Garnet Edward "Ace" Bailey (June 13, 1948 – September 11, 2001) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player and scout who was a member of Stanley Cup and Memorial Cup winning teams. He died at the age of 53 while aboard United Airlines Flight 175, which crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City during the September 11 attacks.
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Bailey played junior hockey with the Edmonton Oil Kings from 1964 to 1967, during which time the Oil Kings won the Memorial Cup in 1966. He joined the Boston Bruins in 1968 and was a member of their Stanley Cup championship teams in 1970 and 1972. He later played for the Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues and the Washington Capitals. In 1978-79, Bailey returned to Edmonton to play with the Edmonton Oilers of the World Hockey Association, where he took rookie Wayne Gretzky under his wing. He was head coach of the Wichita Wind, the Oilers' Central Hockey League affiliate, in the 1980–81 season. Bailey then worked as a scout with the Oilers from 1981 to 1994, during which time the team won five Stanley Cups (1984, 1985, 1987, 1988 and 1990); his name was engraved on three of them (1985, 1987 and 1990).
In an NHL career spanning 10 seasons and 568 games, Bailey scored 107 goals and 171 assists with 633 penalty minutes. His most productive season offensively was 1975, when he scored 19 goals and 58 points for the Blues and the Capitals. In his sole WHA season, he scored 5 goals and 4 assists with 22 penalty minutes in 38 games.
At the time of his death, he was the Kings' director of pro scouting.
Death and legacy
Bailey died when the plane in which he was traveling, United Airlines Flight 175, was hijacked and deliberately crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City during the September 11 attacks. Bailey and amateur scout Mark Bavis were traveling from Boston to Los Angeles for the Kings' organizational meetings when the flight was hijacked. They were coming back from Manchester as they recently placed an AHL team there called the Monarchs.
Bailey and Bavis are mentioned in the Boston-based Dropkick Murphys song "Your Spirit's Alive." Denis Leary wore a Bailey memorial T-shirt as the character Tommy Gavin in the season 1 episode "Immortal" and the fourth-season episode "Pussified" in the TV series Rescue Me. In his memory, the Los Angeles Kings named their new mascot "Bailey".
At the National September 11 Memorial, Bailey and Bavis are memorialized at the South Pool, on Panel S-3. On October 14, 2012 the Kings brought the Stanley Cup to the Memorial and placed it on panels featuring Bailey and Bavis' names, so that the families of Bailey and Bavis could "[have] their day with the Stanley Cup". Kings general manager Dean Lombardi was also in attendance.
Awards and achievements
- 1969-70 - NHL - Stanley Cup (Boston)
- 1971-72 - National Hockey League - Stanley Cup (Boston)
- 1986–87 - National Hockey League - Stanley Cup (Edmonton)
- 1989–90 - NHL - Stanley Cup (Edmonton)
|1966-67||Edmonton Oil Kings||CMJHL||56||47||46||93||177||-||-||-||-||-|
|1967-68||Oklahoma City Blazers||CPHL||34||8||13||21||67||7||0||5||5||36|
|1970-71||Oklahoma City Blazers||CHL||11||3||8||11||28||-||-||-||-||-|
|1972-73||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||13||2||11||13||16||—||—||—||—||—|
|1973-74||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||45||9||14||23||33||—||—||—||—||—|
|1973-74||St. Louis Blues||NHL||22||7||3||10||20||—||—||—||—||—|
|1974-75||St. Louis Blues||NHL||49||15||26||41||113||—||—||—||—||—|
- Drafted by the Boston Bruins in the 3rd round, (13th overall) from the Edmonton Oil Kings in the 1966 NHL Amateur Draft, April 25, 1966.
- Traded by the Boston Bruins with future considerations (Murray Wing), to the Detroit Red Wings for Gary Doak, March 1, 1973.
- Traded by the Detroit Red Wings with Ted Harris and Bill Collins to the St. Louis Blues for Chris Evans, Bryan Watson and Jean Hamel, February 14, 1974.
- Traded by the St. Louis Blues with Stan Gilbertson to the Washington Capitals for Denis Dupere, February 10, 1975.
- "Kings' Sept. 11 victims get day with Cup". National Hockey League. October 15, 2012.
- Arritt, Dan (September 11, 2011). "Ace Bailey still leaving gifts 10 years later". ESPN.
- Olson, Lisa (June 7, 2012). "Ace Bailey’s spirit lives on in hockey and the Los Angeles Kings". Sporting News.
- Hammond, Rich (September 9, 2011). "10 Years Later: Memories of Kings Scouts Still Strong". Los Angeles Kings/NHL.com Network.
- Dupont, Kevin Paul (September 11, 2011). "Widow still holds her Ace in hand". Boston.com.
- "BAILEY & BAVIS MEMORIAL FUND". Los Angeles Kings/NHL.com Network. Retrieved December 22, 2013.
- Garnet Bailey. Memorial Guide: National 9/11 Memorial. Retrieved October 28, 2011.
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