As the nation paused to remember the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, there were two names that weighed heavily on the hearts of hockey fans everywhere: Garnet “Ace” Bailey and Mark Bavis.
Bailey and Bavis were scouts for the Los Angeles Kings. On September 11, 2001, they boarded United Flight 175 from Boston’s Logan Airport to return to Los Angeles for the start of training camp.
Needless to say, they never made it back. Their plane flew into the South Tower of the World Trade Center.
Two foundations were started in their names, the Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation and the Mark Bavis Leadership Foundation. The Kings also honor their memories with the Ace Bailey Memorial Award (most inspirational player) and the Mark Bavis Memorial Award (best newcomer).
When the Kings won the Stanley Cup last season, fan David Krasne made sure they were remembered in the celebration by placing a championship hat at the 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero.
The Kings posted a video in honor of Bailey and Bavis three years ago, so here it is now.