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USHL Alum Signs NHL Deal With Ducks

03/27/2014, 8:00am CDT
By bwerger

The Anaheim Ducks have signed forward Matt Bailey to a two-year NHL entry-level contract that begins with the 2014-15 season.

Bailey spent two seasons in the USHL, first breaking into the League with the Tri-City Storm during the 2008-09 season.  He recorded 24 points (10g, 14a) in 58 regular season games for the Storm.  He then joined the Sioux Falls Stampede for the 2009-10 campaign and produced 47 points (14g, 33a) over 59 regular season games.  He then chipped in two goals in three playoff contests for the Stampede.  During one stretch with Sioux Falls, he put together a five-game point streak where he accumulated 11 points (4g, 7a), including a four-assist effort in the 6-2 win over the Indiana Ice on November 7th, 2009.

The Winnipeg, Manitoba native went on to play collegiate hockey at the University of Alaska-Anchorage where he recorded 94 points (47g, 47a) in 138 games at the school.  He was one of the top scorers in the nation this season as he led the Seawolves with 38 points (20g, 18a) in 38 games this season on the way to being named All-WCHA First Team.  His 20 goals tied for the 16th most in the NCAA.

USHL stats – Matt Bailey


Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 12th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2013-14.  A record 32 players were chosen in the 2013 NHL Draft and more than 300 players on team rosters last season have committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.  For more information, visit us on the web at or visit the League’s social media platforms, including Facebook (, twitter (, and YouTube (  Fans can also watch USHL action all season long, live or on-demand via FASTHockey (

It’s not just hockey. It’s the USHL.

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