Thursday, March 29, 2012

Bailey Signs ATO With Rochester

The Rochester Americans, the AHL affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres, have signed Kyle Bailey to an amateur tryout the team announced today. Bailey will join the team for the remainder of the season.

What else can be said about the Ponoka, Alberta native during his 5 years as a Varsity Red? After spending his junior career with Portland and Lethbridge of the WHL his arrival before the 2007-08 season coincided with the V-Reds rise from being an above average team - remember that although UNB were the defending champions that was their first appearance at a University Cup they didn't host since the 1999-2000 season - to a national powerhouse. He finished his career as the 3rd most prolific scorer in UNB history and averaged at least one point per game every season, was arguably the league's best face-off man, and was a top penalty killer. He was part of 5 straight first place AUS finishes, two record breaking regular season teams (2007-08 and 2009-10), two CIS championship teams (2009 and 2011), a 2nd place squad (2008), is on track to become a 5-time academic All-Canadian, and was recently named the 2012 Dr. Randy Gregg Award winner which recognizes leadership, academics, and community service. His leadership and passion were off the charts and he always seemed to rise to the occasion, as evidenced by his two overtime AUS championship clinching goals, in 2008 against SMU on a penalty shot and in 2011 in the deciding game against St. FX, that most of us won't soon forget.

Simply put, he leaves UNB as arguably the greatest captain in team history.