It was John Bucyk who called us after Ace’s death and offered us a very generous gift from the Boston Bruins Alumni, to use in any way we wished, in memory of Ace. Thus began the Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation.
John has been the recipient of many awards and honors throughout his long and very impressive career both for his playing skills and his charitable works. The Boston Bruins Alumni Association has honored John’s proclivity for helping others through the establishment of the “John P. Bucyk Award.” The award is given annually to the Boston Bruins player who, like John, contributes the most toward charitable and community work.
John was twice awarded the Lady Byng Trophy in 1971 and 1974. The trophy is awarded annually to the player who has “exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.” In 1977 he was awarded the Lester Patrick Trophy given for “outstanding service to the game of hockey in the United States.” Along with being a Hockey Hall of Famer, his list of records and accolades is long. He is one of the Bruins’ and hockey’s greatest ambassadors and he celebrated his 50th anniversary with the Bruins organization in 2006-07.
While the presentation of the Ace Bailey Good Guy Award to “Chief” represents a much humbler recognition, it comes not only from our long knowledge of John’s considerable charitable work, but also from our hearts. If Ace were here we know that he would feel the same.