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Garnet "Ace" Bailey

"coach, I Used It Every Day"

In 1973, Bailey was traded to the Detroit Red Wings. According to Bernie Czarniecki in the Detroit Free Press, Red Wings coach Johnny Wilson said that Bailey "gives us muscle" and praised Bailey for helping the team win in a game against the New York Islanders. Wilson also noted, "He was a very enthusiastic player. He played extremely well for us. He was a fast skater and challenged the opposition, home or road." Bailey played with the Red Wings for two seasons, then moved on to the St. Louis Blues, where he played another two seasons.

From 1974 to 1978, Bailey played with the Washington Capitals, then spent a year with the Edmonton Oilers. His playing career ended in 1979. Over his eleven seasons with the National Hockey League, he had 107 goals, 171 points, and 278 assists.


1948 Born June 13, in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, Canada
1966 Selected 13th overall in the amateur draft by Boston Bruins and begins playing with the Hershey Bears, a Bruins farm team
1968-73 Plays with the Boston Bruins
1969-70 Scores 11 goals in 58 games; Bruins win Stanley Cup
1971-72 Bruins win Stanley Cup
1972-74 Plays with Detroit Red Wings
1973-75 Plays with St. Louis Blues
1974-78 Plays with Washington Capitals
1978-79 Plays with Edmonton Oilers
1979-80 Coaches with Houston Apollos
1980-81 Coaches with Wichita Wind
1981-94 Scout for the Edmonton Oilers; during his time with the team, they win five Stanley Cups
1994-2001 Director of pro scouting for the Los Angeles Kings
2001 Dies while en route from Boston to Los Angeles on United Airlines Flight 175; on September 11, 2001, the plane is hijacked by terrorists and crashes into the South Tower of the World Trade Center, killing everyone on board

Bailey was known for his lighthearted approach to life, as well as to his sport. After being selected to play for Washington, Bailey received a four-inch-manual from Washington coach Tom McVie, telling him how to get into condition to play. Bailey used the manual to prop up a beer keg in his bar. On the first day of training camp, according to Tom FitzGerald in the San Francisco Chronicle, Bailey beat several other players in a footrace, and McVie said approvingly, "Ace, I can see you used your book this summer." Bailey replied, "Coach, I used it every day."

In the Los Angeles Daily News, a reporter told another story that showed Bailey's quirky humor and quick thinking. Late in his playing career, when he was a left wing with the Edmonton Oilers, Bailey shared a room with rookie Wayne Gretzky while the team was on the road. One day Gretzky and Bailey woke up only an hour before a game, and missed the team bus to the stadium. Bailey got Gretzky a taxi, then packed their suitcases and arrived at the stadium late. He put on his hockey gear and jumped into the shower. When the other teammates came back into the dressing room after the warmup, they found Bailey sitting in front of his locker, dripping wet, apparently from sweat. "Great warmup, Ace," some players said to Bailey, assuming that he had been out there playing with them.

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