Bears Sign Casey Bailey To Professional Tryout (PTO) Agreement

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Former Penn State men’s hockey star Casey Bailey will be back in Pennsylvania to continue his professional career this fall after signing a tryout deal with the AHL’s Hershey Bears on Tuesday.


Bailey, 27, returns to North America after playing the 2018-19 season in the KHL for HC Slovan. The Anchorage, Alaska native was an iron man for the 2017-18 Bridgeport Sound Tigers, appearing in all 76 regular season games and posting 41 points (18 goals, 23 assists). One season prior, the 6-foot-3 forward ranked third on the Binghamton Senators in points (37) and tied for the team lead in goals (21). Bailey was the lone Binghamton representative at the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic.

The undrafted free agent signed out of Penn State and joined the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 22, 2015. Bailey scored his first NHL goal on April 11, 2015 against Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens.


Bailey was Penn State’s all-time leading scorer until Andrew Sturtz broke the program record with an empty-netter against Mercyhurst on November 4, 2017. In three seasons as a Nittany Lion, Bailey scored 45 goals and added 35 assists in 92 appearances. He reached the 40-point mark in the 2014-15 season with 22 goals and 18 assists in 37 games played.

With 13 games with Toronto and Ottawa Senators under his belt, Bailey is the only Penn State hockey player with NHL game experience.

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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