September 11, 2008

Remembering 9/11/01

"A great tragedy has befallen my nation today"
-(R) Gen. Colin Powell, 9/11/01

Remembering those in the hockey family that we lost that day.

Mark Bavis and Garnet "Ace" Bailey:

"Mark Bavis played for Catholic Memorial and Cushing Academy (Mass.) before going on to Boston University in the fall of 1989. At Boston University, Bavis, along with twin brother, Mike, played in four straight NCAA Final Fours. In 1989, Mark was drafted by the NY Rangers in the 9th round and went on to play several seasons of minor pro hockey. From 1997-99, Mark was an assistant at Harvard University. In 1999-2000, Bavis was an assistant with the Chicago Freeze (NAHL)."
"Born in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, Garnet "Ace" Bailey played junior hockey with the Edmonton Oil Kings from 1964 to 1967. He went with his team to the Memorial Cup final in 1965 and won the Cup the following year. As a professional, he joined the Boston Bruins in 1968 and was a member of their Stanley Cup championship teams in 1970 and 1972. He later played for the Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues and the Washington Capitals. Bailey returned to Edmonton to play with the Edmonton Oilers of the World Hockey Association in 1978–79, where he took rookie Wayne Gretzky under his wing. He was head coach of the Wichita Wind, the Oilers' Central Hockey League affiliate, in the 1980–81 season. Bailey then worked as a scout with the Oilers from 1981 to 1994. He won 5 Stanley Cup rings with Edmonton as scout 1984–85–87–88–90. His name was engraved on the 3 of 5 Stanley Cups won during that period: 1985, 1987, 1990

In 2000, the Los Angeles Kings brought Bavis in as an assistant scout under the director of pro scouting, "Ace" Bailey.

Bavis and Garnet lost their lives while aboard Flight 175 which struck the South Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. "

As someone who will identify September 11, 2001 as the defining moment of my generation, I'll forever remember where I was that fateful morning.

I was a few weeks into my junior year of college and working at the university's career center. On Tuesday's, I would work 9-12pm, head to class, then back to work from 3-6pm. I walked into the office and everyone was gathered in the conference room watching the television. A plane had hit the South Tower of the World Trade Center. It was a startling sight. Just eighteen minutes later, at 9:03 a.m. ET, it became just more than a startling sight. It became my "Kennedy Assassination".

The rest of the day, my campus was buzzing with fellow students and staffers trying to get in touch with loved ones around the country and in the New York City area. When we weren't on the phone, we were glued to our televisions, watching updates and following along. In this situation, classes were of no importance. We understood the meaning of what happened that morning.

It's hard to believe it's been seven years since the attacks took place. It seems like yesterday. Being born and raised in New York, but going to college in South Florida, the weeks after 9/11 were tough. I wanted to go home just to be home. Even though there was nothing I could do beside donate money towards the relief efforts, I felt the need to want to help, however I could, yet I was too far away to get my hands dirty.

I didn't know anyone personally who died that day, but a girl who lived across the hall from me was also from Long Island and her town lost dozens of people that worked in both buildings. I couldn't imagine having the town I grew up in ravaged by such a tragic event. Whether you lost someone or didn't, everyone was looking for some sort of solace, some sort of distraction to get them through 9/11. Staring at the television for hours was not going to help people move forward.

For many, sports became the favorable distraction from the sights of workers and cranes sorting through the rubble.

While people fail to unify majority of the time, especially in an election year, it's sports that are able to bring us together. It doesn't matter if you're a Flyers fan or a Penguins fan or a Rangers fan or an Islanders fan; it's the sports itself that gathers our attention and makes us forget about everything else going on in the world and our individual worlds.

And nothing can make us forget what happened on the morning of September 11, 2001...

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Mr. Plank said...

Amazing post Sean- thank you so much.

Daily Su said...

Thank you for making room in your blog for this. The day is as fresh for me today as it was that morning, seven years ago.
My uncle was a cop who helped in the recovery efforts in the weeks following the WTC attacks. He's never been the same since.
I can't even BEGIN to imagine how families are feeling.
Thank you again.

Loser Domi said...

Tip of the hat, Sean.

Milton Byron said...

Sean, great post, for me it really hit home, being a retired police officer. I know that given the same risks those police, fire and rescue personal were give that day, I too would have been inside the building. So, this day and event has been with me every since. I pray for the family and friends of the victims all the time. I fully understand when you say that it is the Kennedy Assignation of your generation. I watched the Kennedy shooting live with my mom and grandmother. I watched the second plane hit, live and your right, the feeling is very close, stunned is what I was, Milton Byron

Landfill's Blog said...

Great post.

I will always remember every single moment of that day. I was only 16 at the time, but it still is in my mind every year. I didn't know anybody that was a victim from the attacks, but I know people who are affected by it.

Beaded Banners by Bonnie said...

Great thoughts, Sean. Having been a volunteer firefighter up until last year, it hit hard......even though I didn't personally know anyone that passed on that day. However, in the "brotherhood" of firefighting, we are all related so I lost 343 brothers and sisters that day. My shirt is stained, but I still had to wear it today to work in memory of those that died. I remember Kennedy and I remember 9/11/01 and I hope I never have to see something like either one of those events again in my lifetime. Thanks again, Sean.

Going Five Hole said...

thanks everyone for your comments and thanks as always for reading...

USpace said...

Really great tribute! People must never forget. We must never refuse to recognize evil.
we will NOT forget
you 9/11 victims
will get justice
painful truth -
9/11 should be our
wakeup call
get Bin Laden -
we just need big SWAT team
and search warrant

absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
there is no good or evil

everything's relative
don't judge a terrorist

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We will NEVER forget!


Kris Z said...

My uncle's office was in the Pentagon, around the area that the nose gear blasted through the C ring, thankfully it was being renovated, or would have been gone.

Scotty G said...

Nice post, Leahy. Thank you.

bestonline323 said...

Garnet Bailey, known as 'Ace' to hockey fans in Canada, was killed on September 11, 2001 in a hijacked plane that crashed into New York's World Trade Center. You were always my favorite player on the bruins team.. I finally got to meet you once when you played a fundraiser baseball game against the Holbrook Fire Department.. Holbrook Mass.. it was the thrill of my life. May God keep you in the palm of his hand.

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Bobby said...

The ECHL South Carolina Stingrays retired Bavis' #12 in a first-intermission ceremony the next month when they raised their second Kelly Cup banner in 2001.

Bavis' #12 does not carry a Stingrays identity, just the years he played, September 11, 2001, and an American flag; it hangs in a different corner, not in the same side at the team's other retired jerseys, Brett Marietti (#24) and Dave Seitz (#14), members of the 1997 and 2001 Kelly Cup teams. Bavis is on a second banner, part of the team's Hall of Fame.

Although Mark Bavis wore different numbers throughout his call ups and downs, he was best known for #12, henceforth the retirement of #12. He played with twin brother Mike on the Stingrays.