Saturday, September 11, 2010

The last holdout

On the ninth anniversary of our national tragedy, we remember former Terrier Mark Bavis, who along with former Bruin Ace Baily perished on United Airlines flight 175. Both were scouts for the Los Angeles Kings, heading to the West Coast. As it is for all the families of 9-11 victims, the loss felt by the Bavis family will never be gone. But, as today's New York Times reports, the Bavis family, unlike all the others, still is seeking its day in court, having declined to accept a settlement from the special compensation fund authorized by the U.S. Congress. In this news feature, BU associate head coach Mike Bavis,who is Mark's twin brother, and their mother, Mary, explain why "Settlement has not been in our vocabulary” and what they hope their persistence will achieve.

Meanwhile, a few miles away from Lower Manhattan, Aces Mark, a 6-year old gelding named for Bavis and Bailey, finished second in today's eighth race at Belmont Park. One of the horse's owners is Lew Mongelluzzo, an Ottawa Senators scout and a friend of the Bavis Brothers.

Looking back
Former BU blueliner Brian Strait began his second Pittsburgh Penguins rookie camp in London, Ontario on Friday.The camp is headed by former Terrier John Hynes who will begin his first season as head coach of the Pen's AHL club in Wilkes Barre-Scranton.

Nick Bonino is on the Ducks 25-man roster for a five team rookie tournament in Penticton, B.C., beginning tomorrow. Bonino scored his first NHL during his late-season turn with the Ducks.

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