Ace & Mark – Still remembered, still honored 21 years later

21 years old.

For many, 21 is the mark of coming of age. On this day, however, 21 is a mark of reflection. 21 years ago today, two members of the LA Kings family were among those who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks. Garnet “Ace” Bailey and Mark Bavis, both members of the Los Angeles Kings reconnaissance team, were among those abducted from us on United Airlines Flight 175 from Boston’s Logan Airport.

Bailey, who was 53, was entering his eighth season as director of professional scouting for the Kings. Bailey has won seven Stanley Cups – two as a player and five as a scout – over 33 seasons at the NHL level, between his playing and scouting careers. Bailey was 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 spending time coaching at Harvard University. Selected in the ninth round by the Rangers, Bavis played three seasons professionally in the AHL and ECHL after a four-year career at Boston University.

In every game the Kings play, Ace and Mark are always with the team, via stickers worn on the back of each player’s helmet. Although no player from the 2001-02 LA Kings is still active in the NHL as a player, the legacy of two members of the organization who lost their lives that day still lives on in the current team. .

To support Ace and Mark’s legacy, consider making a donation to the Mark Bavis Leadership Foundation (markbavisleadershipfoundation.org) or Ace’s Place (tuftschildrenshospital.org/patient-care-services/departments-and-services/child -life-services/aces -place) at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

Photo by Juan Ocampo/NHLI via Getty Images

Photo by Juan Ocampo/NHLI via Getty Images

Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images

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