Hyde Park youth league retires jersey of past player turned NHL amateur, scout killed aboard 9/11 flight
Former Hyde Park hockey player turned NHL minor league player and scout Mark Bavis had his jersey retired at Bajko Rink last night, some 20 years after the Roslindale native last wore No. 9 for the youth league.
Bavis was aboard United Flight 175, the second plane to hit the World Trade Center towers in New York City on 9/11. He skated four seasons alongside his twin brother Michael with the Boston University Terriers hockey team and together they won three Beanpot titles and one Hockey East Championship.
The 31-year-old Newton resident was drafted 181st overall in 1989 to the NHL by the New York Rangers and played with minor league affiliate teams for three years.
He became an assistant coach for hockey programs at Harvard and Brown universities and for the Chicago Freeze junior hockey team before joining the Los Angeles Kings as an amateur scout. When he died, Bavis was headed to the NHL's training camp in LA to start his second season working for the professional team.