NHL PLAYER, Josh Bailey
Born Oct 02, 1989 -- Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
Selected by New York Islanders round 1 #9 overall 2008 NHL Entry Draft
Joshua Bailey (born October 2, 1989) is a Canadian professional ice hockey winger currently playing for the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected ninth overall by the Islanders in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and has remained with the organization since.
Bailey grew up in Clarington, Ontario playing AAA for the Clarington Toros of the Ontario Minor Hockey Association's (OMHA) Eastern AAA League. He was drafted in the first round of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) priority selection by the Owen Sound Attack in May 2005. He was traded by the Attack to the Windsor Spitfires during the 2006–07 season.
Bailey was selected ninth overall by the New York Islanders in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. The Islanders' General Manager Garth Snow traded down twice in the draft (from fifth to seventh, seventh to ninth) to acquire Bailey. On October 2, 2008, his 19th birthday, the Islanders signed Bailey to a three-year, $900,000 contract.
Shortly after on October 7, 2008, the team announced that Bailey would begin the 2008–09 season with the team in the NHL, but his debut was delayed by an injury sustained during a preseason game. He scored his first goal in the league on January 2, 2009, against Ilya Bryzgalov of the Phoenix Coyotes.
With the 2012–13 NHL lockout in effect, Bailey was signed to a temporary lockout contract with German second division club SC Bietigheim Steelers on November 9, 2012. Bailey accumulated 11 points in six games with the Steelers before returning to North America.
Bailey signed a 5 year, $16.5 million contract with the Islanders on July 13, 2013. Bailey scored his first career hat trick in a 6-4 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on December 14, 2017. He was selected to his first NHL All-Star Game on January 10, 2018. On February 23, 2018, Bailey agreed to a six-year contract extension with the Islanders.
On April 16, 2018, Bailey replaced Vince Dunn on Team Canada's senior team that will compete at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.