50 Players, 50 Days: Bailey Sommers
April 3, 2020
During the current and unforeseen cancelation of the 2019-20 season, the players in the NA3HL saw their seasons cut prematurely short. In some cases, players saw their junior hockey careers come to an end as well. However, the NA3HL got together a decided to highlight some of those players, who were born in 1999 and were in their final season of playing junior hockey.
As a result, we present a new series entitled: 50 players, 50 days
50 players in 50 days will select 50 players from each of the 34 NAHL teams this past season that were born in 1999, who are currently uncommitted, and deserve some recognition during their time spent playing and developing in the NA3HL. Over the course of the next 50 days, we will take time out to look at their accomplishments, review their season, and provide some background on their NA3HL careers. Players will be initially highlighted in alphabetical order by team. Enjoy!
Bailey Sommers, Forward, Granite City Lumberjacks
Entering his third season of NA3HL hockey, Bailey Sommers, a towering 6-foot-4, 215-pound forward, earned a "C" on his Granite City sweater as he looked to build off a career season in 2018-19.
After a rookie campaign that saw him nab 13 goals and 10 assists in 42 games, Sommers doubled his impact in his sophomore season with 24 goals and 27 assists for 51 points in 2018-19. And as the captain of the perennial powerhouse Lumberjacks in 2019-20, 20-year-old Sommers was on pace for even greater numbers with 23 goals and 22 assists for 45 points in just 39 games. He finishes his NA3HL career with 60 goals, 59 assists and 119 points in 130 regular season games.
The native of Redwood Falls, MN played high school hockey in his home state before entering the world of junior hockey, spending four years with Redwood Valley. His first two years featured ample offensive production with 17 and 27 points in 18 and 23 games, respectively, but Sommers' skill truly shone in his final two seasons as he posted 43 goals and 69 points in 2015-16, then 48 goals and 70 points in 2016-17.