Monday, July 4, 2011

Bailey Off To Oilers Camp

UNB captain Kyle Bailey will take the next step in his hockey career by attending the NHL summer development camp of the Edmonton Oilers this week in Edmonton in hopes of garnering an NHL contract with the Oilers. The native of Ponoka, Alberta had an outstanding career at UNB where he played a key role in winning two National Championships along with a National Silver medal in 2008.

Photo Courtesy Brian Smith

The 6”2 200 lb centre man was a former 4th round draft pick of the Minnesota Wild and had played five seasons in the WHL with Portland and Lethbridge. He decided to attend UNB and graduated with a Business degree and achieved Academic All Canadian status in all four years at UNB. He was a two time CIS Nationals All Star and is among UNB’s all time scorers at the Nationals. He was the 3rd UNB player in history to the AUS Godfrey award in 2010 and was a CIS finalist for the distinguished Randy Gregg Award. During his UNB career, he developed a penchant for scoring key goals including 2 overtime winners to win AUS Championships in 2008 and this past year. His regular season career stats at UNB included 49 G , 71 A for 120 points in 111 games played.

“ Kyle has had an outstanding career here at UNB and has developed into one of the top players in the CIS. He has outstanding leadership abilities, high energy level and work ethic, very tough to play against and has developed his intangibles and his skill level to the elite level in our league – he has a great foundation for success at the next level in his professional career.” were the words that UNB Head Coach Gardiner Mac Dougall used to describe his popular captain for the past two seasons. Bailey will join his four year teammate Hunter Tremblay at the Oilers camp as Tremblay earlier became the 4th UNB player in the past five years to ink an NHL contract. Tremblay had finished the season with Oklahoma City of the AHL.


UNB Bruins Fan said...

So does this mean he's gone for sure? Any chance he comes back if he doesn't get a contract?

Eric said...

He could come back provided he doesn't sign a contract (at any level) and he hasn't graduated. Otherwise, a signed contract kills his 5th year and/or if he's graduated, he would have to be accepted for a second degree (BA or MBA).

I wish him the best of luck and as much as I've enjoyed watching him play - it's time for him to move on (two golds, one silver, two OT winners for AUS titles, CIS All-Canadian, etc).