Garnet Edward “Ace” Bailey

Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles King's

Garnet Edward “Ace” Bailey

(June 13, 1948 – September 11, 2001)

Born in Lloydminster, Alta., he had a 20-year career as a pro scout. Was Los Angeles Kings’ director of pro scouting, and was enroute to training camp when he died aboard the plane that crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001.  The Kings’ mascot, Bailey, is named in his memory.  Began his scouting career with the Edmonton Oilers in 1981….. Moved onto the Kings in 1994………Played 568 regular-season NHL games over 10  seasons split between Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals.  Also played one season with the WHA’s Oilers . . . .Won two Stanley Cups as a player (Bruins, 1970-72) and five while scouting with the Oilers, (1984-85-87-88-90).  Was a key players on the Edmonton Oil King’s 1966 Memorial Cup Championship team.

Bailey’s untimely passing left a profound void throughout the scouting fraternity,   but his  legacy as a dedicated and committed scout lives on through the  “Ace  Award”  and serves as  a  testament  to Ace’s remarkable contributions towards the game of hockey.    

The “Ace  Award“:  Named after  Garnet “Ace” Bailey, is  a  prestigious  accolade  bestowed  upon individuals affiliated with the NHL Scouting profession to recognize their outstanding contributions and efforts throughout their years of service.