Christmas arrives early for 67's

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:37 AM ET

Christmas has come a few days early for Brian Kilrea.

The Ottawa 67's coach/GM scored a major coup by signing 19-year-old winger Jason Bailey of Nepean for the second half of the OHL season.

Bailey's signing was announced yesterday after he decided to leave the University of Michigan Wolverines after 1O seasons. After getting sized for his 67's gear yesterday, he'll play his first game Dec. 28 when the 67's host the Kingston Frontenacs.

"I just didn't feel like I was playing enough games there (at Michigan) and I think the OHL is more my style of hockey," said Bailey of his decision to come home.

Bailey was pointless in 19 games with the Wolverines this season. He was the 67's second-round pick in the 2003 OHL draft, selected from the Nepean Raiders.

Bailey is 6-foot-1 and 215 lbs. and uses his strong skating to play an aggressive game. The Anaheim Ducks made him a third-round pick (63rd overall) in the 2005 NHL draft.

"(Signing Bailey) means an awful lot for our team," said Kilrea, whose club has won five in a row and is tied for second in the East Division.

"He's a great skater and a tremendous forechecker. He plays a physical game. For me to say which line he'll play on, I can't, but I know the way he plays will bring a lot to the team.

"You don't want to wish your holidays away, but I'm looking forward to seeing how he fits in. Adding a good player makes everyone better."


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