UNB's Kyle Bailey to attend Oilers Camp
FREDERICTON, N.B. - 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 CIS championships along with a silver medal in 2008.
The 6'2", 200 lb forward was a former fourth round draft pick of the Minnesota Wild and had played five seasons in the WHL with Portland and Lethbridge prior to joining the V-Reds.
He has graduated with a Business degree and achieved academic all-Canadian status in each of his four years at UNB. He was a two time CIS championship all-star and is among UNB's leading all-time scorers at the Nationals.
In 2010 he became the third UNB player in history to be recognized with the AUS Godfrey award and was a finalist for the CIS Randy Gregg Award.
During his UNB career, he developed a penchant for scoring key goals including two overtime winners to win the AUS championships in 207-008 and again in 2010-11. His regular season career stats include 49 goals and 71 assists 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," said Varsity Reds head coach Gardiner MacDougall. "He has outstanding leadership abilities, a high energy level and work ethic, is 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."
Bailey will join his four-year teammate Hunter Tremblay at the Oilers camp. Earlier this year, Tremblay became the fourth UNB player in the past five years to ink an NHL contract. Tremblay finished the 2010-11 season with Oklahoma City of the AHL.
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