A day of remembrance, Insiders, especially within the LA Kings community.
For those who don’t know, two members of the LA Kings scouting staff – Garnet “Ace” Bailey and Mark Bavis – were among those who tragically lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Both men were on United Airlines Flight 175 out of Boston, ending the lives and careers of two men who will forever be remembered within the Kings organization.
Never forget. 🖤 pic.twitter.com/V2KXGC86My
— LA Kings (@LAKings) September 11, 2023
Bailey, who was 53, was entering his eighth season as the Director of Professional Scouting for the Kings. Bailey won seven Stanley Cups – two as a player and five as a scout – as a part of 33 seasons at the NHL level, between his playing and scouting careers. Bailey had been a part of six different NHL organizations at the time of his death.
Bavis, who was 31, was entering his second season with the Kings as a professional scout. The Kings were Bavis’ first NHL organization, after he had spent time as a coach with Harvard University and Brown University, as well as the Chicago Freeze of the NAHL. Bavis played three seasons professionally in the AHL and ECHL following a four-season career at Boston University and was selected in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers.
The Mark Bavis Leadership Foundation was established by family and friends of Mark Bavis to preserve his memory and to perpetuate the principles by which he lived every day, through which he touched many lives. The foundation provides selected recipients with annual grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to be used as specifically requested for school tuition, summer programs and other appropriate extracurricular activities. The Mark Bavis Leadership Foundation raised more than $400,000 since its inception.
Ace’s Place is designed to be a comfortable retreat for children of all ages who are staying at Tufts. The room focuses on the well-being of hospitalized children by improving hospital environments that improve family-centered care. Developmentally appropriate toys and activities are available for children of all ages including pool, arcade games, computers, arts and crafts and an outdoor deck that provides sunlight and fresh air.