Garnet “Ace” Bailey
Mark Bavis

The Los Angeles Kings family was deeply shaken and saddened over the loss of Garnet “Ace” Bailey and Mark Bavis, two scouts who were aboard United Airlines Flight 175 from Boston’s Logan Airport on Sept. 11, 2001. Both men remain truly missed here as their fantastic personalities and love for the sport of hockey were evident in their work, and their passion for the Kings helped foster a fun and winning attitude. Both Mark and Ace are incredibly missed indeed.

Click here to see a video feature on Bailey and Bavis. | Audio: Garnet "Ace" Bailey scores a goal vs. Los Angeles in the late 60s.

Garnet “Ace” Bailey, who was 53, was set to begin his 33rd season in the NHL as a player or scout. Bailey had enjoyed a tremendous amount of success in both capacities, with seven Stanley Cup rings as proof. Having spent seven years as the Kings’ director of pro scouting, Bailey spent the previous 13 years as a scout with Edmonton Oilers.

Bailey’s ability to evaluate NHL talent helped the Oilers to five Stanley Cups in the 1980s. During Edmonton’s many great playoff runs, Bailey played the key role of advance scout, supplying detailed information on upcoming opponents.

A veteran of 11 NHL seasons as a player (click here for his career stats), Bailey broke in with the Boston Bruins during the 1968-69 season and spent five years with the club. While with the Bruins, he was a member of Stanley Cup championship teams in 1969-70 and 1971-72. Bailey also spent parts of two seasons each with the Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues, and three-plus years with the Washington Capitals.

Bailey, who was originally from Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, jumped to the World Hockey Association for the 1978-79 season and joined the Edmonton Oilers, where he was a linemate of teenage phenom Wayne Gretzky.

Ace lived in the Boston suburb of Lynnfield with wife Katherine and son Todd.

Mark Bavis, who was 31, was entering his second season as an amateur scout for the Kings. Bavis, a native of the Boston-area, played his collegiate hockey at Boston University, where his brother, Michael, is currently an assistant coach, and prior to joining the Kings he worked as a coach with Chicago of the North American League and as an assistant coach with Harvard of the Eastern College Athletic Conference.

Most recently, Bavis, who was drafted by the New York Rangers in the ninth round (181st overall) of the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, made his home in West Newton, Massachusetts. He was survived by his mother, Mary; his twin brother, Mike; two brothers, Pat and Johnny; and three sisters, Kelly, Mary Ellen and Kathy.

In their memory, the Los Angeles Kings and Kings Care Foundation have donated $250,000 to relief efforts for families of fallen New York police officers and firefighters. In addition, the team has supported numerous fundraising efforts for victims of the 9-11 tragedy. Ranging from players signing 9-11 t-shirts for firefighter and police officer fundraisers, to Kings Care purchasing tables at charity events honoring Ace and Mark, to auctioning a Kings jersey for charity signed by firefighters and families of fallen firefighters at Ground Zero, the Kings and Kings Care Foundation have dedicated themselves to creating positive outcomes from this horrific tragedy.

To help support each of these men’s lasting legacy or for more information about the memorial foundations established in the names of Ace Bailey and Mark Bavis please contact:

Ace Bailey Children's Foundation
135 Langdon Street
Providence, RI 02904
Mark Bavis Leadership Foundation
c/o Merilyn Sullivan
90 Cambridge Road
Woburn, MA 01801
(781) 938-1700