University of Alaska Anchorage senior hockey captain Matt Bailey signed a two-year contract with the National Hockey League’s Anaheim Ducks on March 25. Bailey left Anchorage last week to play for Anaheim’s American Hockey League team in Norfolk, Va. Goseawolves.com reported that Matt is working with professors at UAA so that he can complete his Bachelor’s degree in marketing, and graduate this spring.
Bailey posted career highs of 20 goals and 38 points in the 2013-14 hockey season with the Seawolves. Matt also finished his collegiate career with a ranking of 23rd all-time on the UAA scoring list with a total of 94 points in 138 career games. Matt started his professional career with the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals.
According to Goseawolves.com, Bailey said, “I want to thank the people of Anchorage and the University of Alaska Anchorage for allowing me to chase my dreams while getting my education. I feel truly grateful to have been able to live in Alaska and have this amazing experience.”
Matt also added, “I’d like to thank the entire coaching staff this year for making this the best year of hockey of my career.”
Bailey was recently named to the All-WCHA First Team, the WCHA All-Academic Team and honored as a WCHA Scholar-Athlete.
Only one Seawolf alumnus, Jay Beagle, currently plays in the NHL. He plays for the Washington Capitals and played hockey for UAA from 2005-2007.