Bailen Helps U.S. to Deutschland Cup

Bailen Helps U.S. to Deutschland Cup

MUNICH, Germany - Former Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) standout defenseman Nick Bailen '13 helped the U.S. Men's Select Team skate past Germany, 7-4, in the final game of the 2013 Deutschland Cup. The win, in which Bailen had an assist, clinched the tournament title for the United States, which also won the event in 2003 and 2004.

A two-time National All-America and two-time National Academic All-America, Bailen is currently playing in the Finnish Elite League but was able to represent the U.S. due to a break in the league schedule.

Last season in his third of three years with the Engineers, the Fredonia, N.Y., native had a team-high 31 points on a team-best 12 goals and 19 assists in 35 games. Seven of his goals came on the power play and two were game-winners. He had nine penalties for 18 minutes. In 22 league contests, he had 19 points, scoring nine goals with 10 assists. Five of his markers came with the man-advantage and two were game-winners.

Bailen, who played with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League (AHL) following the 2012-13 season, had at least one point in 19 games for RPI, including nine contests with multiple points. He scored goals in 10 different games and had at least one assist in 13. His most prolific stretch came late in the campaign when he tallied 14 points (7 goals, 7 assists) in eight games to close out the regular season.

He was the ECAC Hockey Player of the Week twice, chosen to the All-ECAC Hockey First Team, named a CCM Hockey National All-America East First Team, tabbed to the Second Team and selected to the Capital One National Academic All-America First Team.

Among the league leaders, he was second in defensemen scoring and overall power play goals. He was also 12th in both points and assists. Nationally, Bailen was second in defensemen scoring and 11th in power play goals. RPI finished with an 18-14-5 overall record and was second in ECAC Hockey (12-7-3).

In 149 career games, Bailen had 33 goals and 72 assists for 105 points. He was just the fourth Engineers blueliner to eclipse the 100-point plateau.

His single season career-high was 36 points (8 goals, 28 assists) in 2010-11 when he earned All-ECAC Hockey First Team honors and National All-America and National Academic All-America recognition. That year he ranked among the league and national leaders in defensemen scoring and helped the Engineers to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1995.