Air Force defenseman Dan Bailey has established himself as an every-night and every-situation performer for the Falcons in his second season. The sophomore is second among AFA blue liners in points (13) and goals (4) – all at even strength, in other words the scoring spigot has been on for him. He took time recently to hammer away at some sweet feeds on The Flight Path.
On this blog I believe breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so what is the breakfast of champions?
I’ll have to go with Cinamon Toast Crunch. I’m a big cereal guy.
Valentine’s Day is coming up …
What is the best Valentine’s Day gift you’ve ever given someone?
Oooof. That is tough. I guess flowers.
Who were they for?
High school girlfriend I guess.
Do you have a favorite hockey movie?
I think “Miracle” for sure.
Is there a team comedian we should know about on the Falcons?
I think that’s Jordan Himley for sure. He’s always in the mix, joking around. He takes it a lot, too. His voice is definitely heard in the locker room a lot.
I know there are a lot of demands being a Cadet, what do you do to unwind?
I just make time for family. It’s hectic at times, but a 10-minute phone call to your mom or dad or brothers settles things down and keeps things in perspective.
Did you have a favorite hockey player growing up?
I was a big Avalanche fan growing up actually. Joe Sakic, I had a couple posters of him. Into middle school it was more like (Chicago Blackhawks defenseman) Duncan Keith. It’s fun to watch him play.
Do you have a favorite road trip?
Bentley is a pretty good one with Boston close. I’d say Army for sure for the rivalry, and we get to spend some time in New York.
What’s the best part of Academy life?
We get paid at the end of the month. It makes it more worth it. Your friends back home are paying to go to school so it makes it a little more sweeter.
What is one thing hockey has taught you?
It’s to stay even-keeled. There are ups and downs, whether you’re scoring the game-winning goal or turning the puck over, there’s ups and downs. It keeps you level headed no matter what’s going on.
Do you have any ideas what you’d like to do after you graduate?
I’m not too interested in becoming a pilot, but I’m keeping that option open. Contracting, acquisitions, space, those are the big ones I’ve heard about from graduates. I’d say those three and possibly being a pilot.