Nick Bailen

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Nick Bailen
Born (1989-12-12) December 12, 1989 (age 31)
Fredonia, New York, U.S.
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 179 lb (81 kg; 12 st 11 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
KHL team
Former teams
Traktor Chelyabinsk
Rochester Americans
Tappara
HC Dinamo Minsk
Växjö Lakers
National team  Belarus
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2013–present

Nick Bailen (born December 12, 1989) is an American-Belarusian professional ice hockey defensemen. He is currently playing for Traktor Chelyabinsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

Playing career[edit]

Undrafted, Bailen played collegiate for RPI Engineers men's ice hockey of ECAC Hockey, an NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey conference that compete in NCAA Division I ice hockey. After a short stint with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League in 2013,[1] Bailen took his game overseas, spending the 2013–14 season with Tappara of the Finnish top-flight Liiga. He reached the Liiga finals with the team, while making the All-Star team.

His next stop was Belarusian club, HC Dinamo Minsk of the KHL where he played from 2014[2] to December 2016.[3] On December 21, 2016, he was released from his contract to put pen to paper on a contract with the Växjö Lakers of the Swedish Hockey League.[4]

Bailen returned to the KHL for the following 2017–18 season, after an initial try-out he secured a lucrative two-year deal with Russian club, Traktor Chelyabinsk on September 5, 2017.[5]

International play[edit]

On December 1, 2014 he received Belarusian citizenship.[6] In accordance with IIHF rules on nationality, Bailen was eligible to join the Belarusian national team. He received his first caps in 2016.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Indiana Ice USHL 52 1 7 8 73 5 0 0 0 12
2006–07 Indiana Ice USHL 53 4 9 13 93 7 0 0 0 14
2007–08 Indiana Ice USHL 58 8 13 21 157 4 1 1 2 0
2008–09 Bowling Green State U. CCHA 37 6 10 16 56
2009–10 Indiana Ice USHL 58 14 27 41 97 9 0 4 4 6
2010–11 R.P.I. ECAC 38 8 28 36 34
2011–12 R.P.I. ECAC 39 7 15 22 24
2012–13 R.P.I. ECAC 35 12 19 31 18
2012–13 Rochester Americans AHL 9 0 3 3 0 3 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Tappara Liiga 54 11 21 32 26 17 4 8 12 49
2013–14 LeKi Mestis 1 0 1 1 0
2014–15 Dinamo Minsk KHL 60 11 26 37 49 5 1 2 3 10
2015–16 Dinamo Minsk KHL 40 6 25 31 34
2016–17 Dinamo Minsk KHL 13 4 5 9 2
2016–17 Växjö Lakers SHL 20 4 10 14 12 6 0 2 2 2
2017–18 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 56 11 19 30 41 16 3 7 10 38
2018–19 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 62 7 17 24 39 4 0 0 0 6
2019–20 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 36 11 14 25 20
Liiga totals 54 11 21 32 26 17 4 8 12 49
KHL totals 267 50 106 156 185 25 4 9 13 54

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2016 Belarus OGQ DNQ 3 1 2 3 0
2019 Belarus WC-D1 18th 5 0 2 2 4
Senior totals 8 1 4 5 4

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
USHL
All-Star Game 2010
College
All-ECAC Hockey First Team 2011, 2013 [7]
AHCA East Second-Team All-American 2011
ECAC All-Academic Team 2011
AHCA East First-Team All-American 2012–13
Liiga
All-Star Team 2014
KHL
All-Star Game 2015

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RPI's Nick Bailen signs with AHL Rochester Americans". Retrieved 2016-12-21.
  2. ^ "Nick Bailen joins IHC Dynamo Minsk". Minsk Herald. 2014-06-11. Retrieved 2016-12-21.
  3. ^ "Nick Bailen on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2016-12-21.
  4. ^ "Nick Bailen klar för Växjö Lakers - Växjö Lakers". www.vaxjolakers.se. Retrieved 2016-12-22.
  5. ^ "Transfers for September 1, 2017". Kontinental Hockey League (in Russian). 2017-09-05. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  6. ^ HC Dinamo Minsk (2014-12-01). "Ник Бэйлен стал гражданином Республики Беларусь и сможет сыграть за сборную уже на ЧМ-2016" (in Russian). HCDinamo.by. Retrieved 2014-12-02.
  7. ^ "All-League & All-Rookie Teams Announced". ECAC Hockey. 2011-03-16. Retrieved 2011-03-17.

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