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September 11, 2012 8:00 am

Remember Ace and Mark, 11 years later

Not that a reminder is needed, necessarily, but today marks 11 years since Kings director of pro scouting Ace Bailey and amateur scout Mark Bavis died as passengers on one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center in New York. It’s hard to believe that Bavis, such a young man in 2001, would only have been 42 years old today. And who knows where the already successful scouting career of Bailey, only 53 at the time of his death, would have led. Last year at this time, I wrote about the 10-year anniversary of the tragedy, and you can read that by clicking here. For those so inclined, both men have foundations set up in their honor: the Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation and the Mark Bavis Leadership Foundation.

I happened to be in New York over the weekend and went down to the 9/11 Memorial. By pure chance, I walked toward one of the memorial pool/waterfall tributes, and within just a couple minutes found Ace and Mark’s names. I didn’t have anything Kings- or hockey-related to leave for them, just some thoughts. Also, I’d like to think that part of Ace and Mark’s legacy will be in the new World Trade Center buildings, the largest of which is nearing completion…

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