In a very random turn of events, Jason Bailey is back with the Ducks’ ECHL affiliate.
The right wing recently sued the Ducks, claiming he was the target of discrimination while playing for their then-ECHL affiliate Bakersfield Condors in the 2008-09 season. It’s not that Bailey couldn’t wait to get back – this season, the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals happen to be a shared affiliate of both the Ducks and Ottawa Senators, Bailey’s current NHL organization. So when Bailey was demoted from the AHL’s Binghamton Senators on Thursday, he just happened to be headed to Elmira.
The Jackals’ head coach, Malcolm Cameron, isn’t the same coach who had Bailey two seasons ago and was named in the suit against the Ducks (though like Marty Raymond, Cameron isn’t an employee of the Ducks).
Jason Bailey lasted only one season in the Ducks organization, but it’s becoming a memorable one.
A third-round draft pick by Anaheim in 2005, the forward turned pro three years later and was assigned to the Bakersfield Condors, then the Ducks’ ECHL affiliate. Bailey, who is Jewish, is suing the Ducks for unspecified damages stemming from alleged discrimination against him by two Condors coaches during the 2008-09 season.
According to multiple reports citing documents filed Tuesday in Orange County Superior Court, Bailey claims he was the target of anti-Semitic remarks. Additionally, Bailey alleges that Condors head coach Marty Raymond and assistant coach Mark Pederson forced him to travel apart from the team, and he was “rarely given any ice time,” because he is Jewish.
Raymond was suspended for one week by the Condors and is still the team’s head coach. Pederson, who was suspended two weeks at the time, left after the season to coach in Europe. Bailey was traded to the Ottawa Senators for Shawn Weller in September 2009. Bailey has spent all of the last two seasons – and is still playing for – Ottawa’s top farm team, the Binghamton Senators.
A Ducks spokesperson said late Tuesday that the team cannot comment on the case.
The most interesting facet here might not be the substance of the allegations, but who should be legally held at fault if they’re true.