Wayne Gretzky (left), Todd Bailey (center), Dave Taylor (right).

Ace Garnet Bailey Press

October 5, 2001, Los Angeles

Todd Bailey, the 23-year-old son of Ace Bailey took part in a pregame ceremony to honor his father before a sellout crowd of 18,210 at the Los Angeles Kings game at the Staples Cener. On hand were L.A Kings General Manager Dave Taylor and Wayne Gretsky to honor Ace Bailey, Kings’ director of pro scouting and Mark Bavis, an amateur scout for the Kings, who were aboard one of the hijacked airlines on September 11. Bavis and Bailey were on their way to Los Angeles for the beginning of the Kings’ training camp. Following the very emotional ceremony, Todd Bailey dropped the puck for the game opener. The Kings players wore memorial patches on their jerseys, and will continue to throughout the season, to honor their fallen scouts.

Kings Unveil New Mascot

Friday, 09.21.2007 / 8:50 AM / Bailey LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings introduced the club’s new mascot, Bailey, on LAKings.com, the club’s official website, on Friday, Sept. 21. Bailey will make his first public in-arena appearance on Saturday, Sept. 22, during the Kings-Colorado “Frozen Fury 10” preseason game at the MGM Grand (game time is 7 p.m.). Bailey is a 6-0 lion (6-4 with mane) who wears No. 72 (after all, isn’t it always 72 degrees in Los Angeles?). Bailey was named in honor of the late Garnet “Ace” Bailey -- who served as the Kings’ Director of Pro Scouting for seven years; spent 32 seasons in the NHL as a player (he played left wing for Boston, Detroit, St. Louis and Washington) or scout, and had seven Stanley Cup rings. In addition to his successful hockey career, Ace was known not only for his warm and fun-loving personality but also for his love and work with children’s charities. As part of his lasting legacy, the Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation was established in 2002 and the Kings will make an annual donation to the Foundation.

To read about a "Tribute to Ace Bailey and Mark Bavis" on the L.A. Kings website, click here. To see the video tribute click here.

To see "Ace Bailey, Most Inspirational Player" and "Mark Bavis, Best Newcomer" Memorial Awards,
on the L.A. Kings website, click here.