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Jason Baird had 40 points in 55 games combined with the Central League's Corpus Christi IceRays and Youngstown Steelhounds last season. (Photo courtesy of the Corpus Christi IceRays.)
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Jason Baird had 40 points in 55 games combined with the Central League's Corpus Christi IceRays and Youngstown Steelhounds last season. (Photo courtesy of the Corpus Christi IceRays.)
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Jason Baird is not a household name in Toronto, New York or Boston.He doesn't have a high-priced agent and fantasy poolies do not call out his name.When he went undrafted in junior, not a single eyebrow was raised.
But Baird is loved by many hockey fans.People in Erie, Pa. remember fondly his days with the Otters.Corpus Christi, Texas treats the Ontario boy like a native son and Youngstown, Ohio is praying for him.
A career minor leaguer, Baird recently signed on to play with the Muskegon Fury of the International League, but he will likely never suit up for them.
On July 17, Baird was working a summer job as a landscaper in Youngstown when the riding lawnmower he was steering exploded, engulfing the 27-year-old father of three in flames.Baird received third-degree burns to more than 70 percent of his body and the weeks since have seen the gritty winger in and out of surgery and fighting for his life.
Like a lot of kids in North America, Baird was keeping his dream of playing hockey for a living alive by doing what had to be done.If he could only earn about $500 a week, he would take a job in the summer and make up the income that way.
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But now that summer job has Baird fighting for his life in an Akron burn unit.His wife, Bethany, has kept a thorough and heart-rending journal of Baird's battle online throughout the recovery process.Some days are good, some days are bad.
Massive skin grafts to Baird's chest, back and arms , from shoulder to fingers , were applied in surgeries, which occurred every other day.His face will likely need grafts, which will take two days to complete, while his legs began healing at a rate that suggested grafts might not be necessary.
On the ice, Baird gave opponents all they could handle.Look at his career stats and you'll find an agitator who was good for about 50 points and at least 100 penalty minutes (sometimes 200) in a given season.His best campaign came with the CHL's Indianapolis Ice in 2003-04, when he notched 79 points and tallied 196 PIM.Gilmore was with him then, as well as the next year in Corpus Christi when Baird put up 74 points and 222 PIM.
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In the hospital, Baird is showing the same competitive spirit.Early on, Bethany reported his attempts to get up, despite being on a ventilator.He has since raised his head in an attempt to survey the extent of his wounds.Just the other day, he fought through his first infection, a common pitfall for burn victims.Most of his grafts have been overwhelming successes and the ones that aren't 100 percent can be dealt with easily.
Following Bethany's journal, I can feel the emotions in her words.The good days are major victories, the bad days a time to summon as much inner strength and faith as humanly possible.The kids have come and visited, while Jason's mom has come to give Bethany a brief break.
As a player, Baird gave back to the communities he played in. With the IceRays, he would buy tickets for 20-30 underprivileged children for each game.
Since the incident, the hockey towns Baird touched have returned the favor.Benefits in several locales have already begun, which are very necessary since Baird did not have insurance.
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After two weeks, Jason Baird's next milestone will be to get off his ventilator and talk again.While he never played in a major hockey market, the passion , and compassion , of his fans runs just as deep.
Trawl the comment section on Bethany Baird's journal and you'll find fans, Zamboni drivers, rival teams and even the folks who used to run the pizza place in Cayuga, Ont., where Jason grew up.
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Got to see Jason Baird with the Steelhounds this past season-he was exciting to watch!!!Too bad the situation between the CHL and 'Hounds ownership left this season in limbo ...I am praying that Jason can make a complete and full recovery.I'll be rooting for you!!
Flyerfan52 (Posted 2008-08-01 15:13:10)He fought hard to live his hockey dream of being a pro.Hopefully he can fight his way through this the same way.I've seen different types of burns and how some heal.Best of luck on this Jason.
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Former Rayz hockey player Jason Baird is fighting for his life in an Ohio hospital after he was burned from head to toe when a lawnmower he was operating exploded.
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Jason Baird Hockey Player Jason Baird Hockey Player Tragedy The Baird Trust Fund
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Jason Baird played hockey for the Mississauga Reps as a teenager in the mid 1990s. After six years in the Central Hockey League, the Akron Ohio Steelhounds player had just been signed with the Muskegon Fury in Michigan (now the Muskegon Lumberjacks) of the International Hockey League six days before his life took a tragic turn.
While working for a landscaping company to supplement his hockey income, he suffered third-degree burns over more than 60 per cent of his body when the mower he was riding exploded July 17, 2008. Because it wasn't during hockey season, Jason had no medical insurance coverage.
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"When Jason Baird's story came to our attention, we felt that our store opening event could provide a way to unite people in the spirit of peace, love and goodwill to help Jason Baird and his family who have undergone more than any family should ever have to bear."
In mid-October, Jason finally got to go home. His daily routine requires a visit to the Akron hospital for six hours of rehab, a 90 minute dressing change by Bethany at home and then more stretching therapy at home to keep his skin from getting too tight. Due to the risk of infections, his surroundings must be absolutely sterile. Jason has been fitted for a facemask and pressurized body wear that he will wear for at least a year to reduce the amount of scarring. A long, challenging, costly road lies ahead.
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http://www.jasonbaird.com   to raise funds for Jason and provide information about his tragic situation. Pinizzotto, the former General Manager of the Stoney Creek Spirit Junior B Hockey Team in the Ontario Hockey Association and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Mississauga Real Estate Board, has taken a very deep personal interest in Jason Baird's tragedy.
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Jason lived with Pinizzotto's family when he was a teenager, while playing hockey with her son for the Mississauga AAA Reps of the Greater Toronto Hockey League.
"My family has stayed in touch with Jason and his Cayuga, Ontario based family over the last 12 years," said Pinizzotto.
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"I have watched Jason advance in his professional hockey career, get married, and have a family of his own. What happened to Jason is a tragedy that could happen in any of our families. I am asking every past and present hockey family and all families to unite in the spirit of the Holiday Season. Jason is one of our own who is far away and in need of our help."
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Because it wasn't during hockey season, Jason had no medical insurance coverage.
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"When Jason Baird's story came to our attention, we felt that our store opening event could provide a way to unite people in the spirit of peace, love and goodwill to help Jason Baird and his family who have undergone more than any family should ever have to bear."
In mid-October, Jason finally got to go home. His daily routine requires a visit to the Akron hospital for six hours of rehab, a 90 minute dressing change by Bethany at home and then more stretching therapy at home to keep his skin from getting too tight. Due to the risk of infections, his surroundings must be absolutely sterile. Jason has been fitted for a facemask and pressurized body wear that he will wear for at least a year to reduce the amount of scarring. A long, challenging, costly road lies ahead.
Long-time Mississauga resident, realtor Linda Pinizzotto is collaborating on the Jason Baird Run/Walk and has also created a website - jasonbaird.ca - to raise funds for Jason and provide information about his tragic situation.
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Pinizzotto, the former General Manager of the Stoney Creek Spirit Junior B Hockey Team in the Ontario Hockey Association and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Mississauga Real Estate Board, has taken a very deep personal interest in Jason Baird's tragedy.
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Jason lived with Pinizzotto's family when he was a teenager, while playing hockey with her son for the Mississauga AAA Reps of the Greater Toronto Hockey League.
"My family has stayed in touch with Jason and his Cayuga, Ontario based family over the last 12 years," said Pinizzotto.
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"I have watched Jason advance in his professional hockey career, get married, and have a family of his own. What happened to Jason is a tragedy that could happen in any of our families. I am asking every past and present hockey family and all families to unite in the spirit of the Holiday Season. Jason is one of our own who is far away and in need of our help."
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Fate dealt Jason Baird and his family a cruel blow that forever changed their lives.
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 One day last month, Bethany was a hockey wife and Jason Baird, 27, was a career minor-league hockey player in Youngstown, Ohio, trying to feed a family on a minor-hockey salary.
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On July 17, the future of Jason and Bethany Baird and their three children was forever altered.
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This time in our life, yes has caused stress at times and is a daily emotional battle but at the end of the day, Jason is still alive. Anyone who has sustained the injury that Jason has, has either not lived or is now battling with many things they must learn to overcome. Jason is not missing a fingernail or an eyelash and he will eventually look back at this ... with only the scars as an attachment to the memory.
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You get the sense one day that's she's broken, confused about what's going on; the next she might get news that Jason is coming off the ventilator and you can feel she's just over the top, thrilled. Little things like, he opened his eyes ... it brings home the emotions of what they're dealing with.   That Baird is recovering does not surprise Rupp: "I remember him as the agitating kind ... plays hard, does the dirty work.
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Jason didn't like something. Instead of just trying to antagonize or fight the one guy, he dove head long into their bench. He wanted to take them all on. Guys loved playing with him. He was always no holds barred.  An indomitable spirit may always have been one of Baird's greatest assets. Still, arguably, there would seem to be room for rage and repercussion. Mowers shouldn't just blow up. Then, there is the career that never quite seemed to fulfil its promise. He certainly seemed destined for greater fame and fortune than playing for $350 to $500 a week in places such as Cincinnati or Indianapolis.  "I think he kind of got lost in the shuffle. From 1999 to 2002 we had a great run with guys like Brad Boyes and Carlo Colaiacovo, Rupp and Tim Connolly and Jason sort of flew under their radar," said Mike Jeanneret, director of media relations for the Otters.
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After, me and my girlfriends went to a bar and Jason was there and he just followed me (she laughs) everywhere.  They married July 30 of last year. She already had two children: Markus, 8, and Isiah, 11. Jason found room for them all in his heart on a minor-league salary. He was the team MVP one season and started Baird's Bunch in Corpus Christi, a not-for-profit group benefiting at-risk youths.  "He wants to become a coach.
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Neither can Jason. Last season, he played in the Central Hockey League, which provides medical insurance only during the season.
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If [Jason] does everything he's supposed to and takes care of himself, the doctors say he could recover 100 per cent."  Yet there is another battle looming for the Bairds -- the hospital bills are considerable. Estimates put the dollar figure near $1 million US.  Former teammates and teams have done what they can through charity games and auctions, but fundraising to generate that kind of money is a huge challenge.   A good friend and teammate during his days with the Otters (1997-2000), Mike Rupp took part in a pair of charity events, and was quick to add he'd help out at the drop of the hat, again -- even with the time constraints of another NHL season just weeks away.  "The first thing when you hear is you hear that he's in critical condition and you pray for his life," said the New Jersey Devils forward.  "I didn't realize Jason had a family as well, so all these things came into play.
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And as testament to Jason's ability to engage the hockey community, his billet from more than 12 years ago took time away from a hectic real estate career in Mississauga, Ont., to help out.   "Jason is beautiful.
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Jason plays for the love of the game. and the sport, in kind, has lots to say about Jason Baird as well.
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Jason Baird is not a household name in Toronto, New York or Boston. He doesn't have a high-priced agent and fantasy poolies do not call out his name. When he went undrafted in junior, n
A fundraiser in Mississauga ...
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A fundraiser in Mississauga tonight will help pay the medical bills of Mississauga hockey player Jason Baird (dark jersey), seen here in his days with the OHL's Erie Otters. Barid, 28, suffered third-degree burns over more than 60 per cent of his body in a summer workplace accident.
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December 3, 2008 08:12 AM - Friends, family and perfect strangers will be in Mississauga tonight to rally around the cause of Jason Baird, the former Mississauga Reps hockey player who is recovering from severe burns suffered last summer in a near-fatal accident in the United States. Baird, a native of Cayuga, Ont., was working for a landscaping company in Akron, Ohio, this past summer, earning some much needed cash to supplement his minor pro hockey salary and help support his wife and three young children. One day in July, the lawnmower he was riding exploded, leaving him with third-degree burns over more than 60 per cent of his body. The 28-year-old winger, who played for the Mississauga Reps as a bantam, had just signed with the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the International Hockey League and was to report to camp on Aug. 1. He had spent six years in the Central Hockey League, most recently with the Youngstown Steelhounds in Ohio.
Among those who have chipped in to aid with the staggering medical bills that Baird and his family now face are people such as Mississauga real estate agent Linda Pinizzotto, whose family housed Baird while he played for Mississauga as a teen. She is helping to organize tonight's two community fun runs at the new Running Room store at Argentia Rd. at Winston Churchill Blvd.
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Jason Baird Hockey Player Jason Baird Hockey Player Tragedy The Baird Trust Fund
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ABOUT JASON BAIRD  
Jason Baird of Cayuga, Ontario is a (27 year old) husband, father of 3 children and professional hockey player.  He was born and raised in Cayuga, Ontario Canada but moved to the United States for his Hockey Career. 
On July 17, 2008 Jason was working off-season in Youngstown, Ohio with a landscaping company when the lawnmower he was riding EXPLODED and engulfed in flames.  Jason suffered third-degree burns over 60% of his body.  A Tenant of the Apartment Complex he was working at called 911 and crews were able to put out the blaze.  
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In mid-October, Jason finally got to go home.  His daily routine requires him to go to the Akron Hospital for six hours of rehab, a 90 minute dressing change by Bethany at home and then more stretching therapy at home to keep the skin form daily.  Due to the risk of infections, his surroundings must be absolutely sterile. Jason has been fitted for a facemask and pressurized body wear that he will wear for at least a year to reduce the amount of scarring.  A long, challenging, costly road likes ahead.  as you can imagine, the medical expenses are enormous,and being off-season, Jason had no medical insurance coverage from hockey.  Authorities have taken the mower for examination.  The bizarre accident remains under investigation and no explanation for the explosion has been found, to date.
Jason had just finished his sixth year in the Central Hockey League as a Professional Hockey Player with four years playing for the Corpus Christ IceRays.  As a member of the Rays he started the "Baird's Bunch" a local non-for-profit benefiting at risk youths. 
JASON'S HOCKEY CAREER  
Jason spent his minor career in Cayuga & Welland, Ontario before signing with the Mississauga Reps of the Greater Toronto Hockey League at the age of 15.  The Vaughan Vipers of the Ontario Provincial Hockey League Tier II then signed him, before being drafted by the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League.  He played with the Otters for four seasons before turning Pro in 2001.  He has since played for the Cincinnati Cyclones of the East Coach Hockey League, the Guildford Flames of the British National League, the Indianapolis Ice, and the Corpus Christie Rays.  Jason spent last season playing for the Youngstown Steelhounds in Ohio.  After 6 years in the Central Hockey League, Jason had just been signed with the Muskegon Fury of the International Hockey League 6 days before his tragic lawn mower accident.  
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Baird has consistently been a scorer, with 382 points (136g, 246a) in 383 games, plus 24 points (10g, 14a) in 32 career playoff games.  Before turning pro, Baird spent four seasons with the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League, where he recorded 87 goals, 131 assists and 699 PIM in 245 games
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Fate dealt Jason Baird and his family a cruel blow that forever changed their lives. 
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Fate dealt Jason Baird and his family a cruel blow that forever changed their lives.
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One day last month, Bethany was a hockey wife and Jason Baird, 27, was a career minor-league hockey player in Youngstown, Ohio, trying to feed a family on a minor-hockey salary.
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On July 17, the future of Jason and Bethany Baird and their three children was forever altered.
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This time in our life, yes has caused stress at times and is a daily emotional battle but at the end of the day, Jason is still alive. Anyone who has sustained the injury that Jason has, has either not lived or is now battling with many things they must learn to overcome. Jason is not missing a fingernail or an eyelash and he will eventually look back at this ... with only the scars as an attachment to the memory.
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You get the sense one day that's she's broken, confused about what's going on; the next she might get news that Jason is coming off the ventilator and you can feel she's just over the top, thrilled. Little things like, he opened his eyes ... it brings home the emotions of what they're dealing with.   That Baird is recovering does not surprise Rupp: "I remember him as the agitating kind ... plays hard, does the dirty work.
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Jason didn't like something. Instead of just trying to antagonize or fight the one guy, he dove head long into their bench. He wanted to take them all on. Guys loved playing with him. He was always no holds barred."
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From 1999 to 2002 we had a great run with guys like Brad Boyes and Carlo Colaiacovo, Rupp and Tim Connolly and Jason sort of flew under their radar," said Mike Jeanneret, director of media relations for the Otters.
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After, me and my girlfriends went to a bar and Jason was there and he just followed me (she laughs) everywhere."
They married July 30 of last year. She already had two children: Markus, 8, and Isiah, 11. Jason found room for them all in his heart on a minor-league salary. He was the team MVP one season and started Baird's Bunch in Corpus Christi, a not-for-profit group benefiting at-risk youths.  "He wants to become a coach.
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Neither can Jason. Last season, he played in the Central Hockey League, which provides medical insurance only during the season.
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If [Jason] does everything he's supposed to and takes care of himself, the doctors say he could recover 100 per cent."  Yet there is another battle looming for the Bairds -- the hospital bills are considerable.
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"I didn't realize Jason had a family as well, so all these things came into play. It made your heart go out to him even more. He's got all these medical expense burdens let alone he's got enough on his plate worrying about just putting one foot in front of another."  "Everyone I know dropped what they were doing. I know Steve Valiquette with the [New York] Rangers runs a hockey camp in New York and he was just getting started [when he got the news] and he pretty much cancelled it to be there."  It's a similar story among dozens of former teammates.
And as testament to Jason's ability to engage the hockey community, his billet from more than 12 years ago took time away from a hectic real estate career in Mississauga, Ont., to help out.   "Jason is beautiful.
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Jason plays for the love of the game. and the sport, in k ind, has lots to say about Jason Baird as well.
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Jason Baird is not a household name in Toronto, New York or Boston. He doesn't have a high-priced agent and fantasy poolies do not call out his name. When he went undrafted in junior, not a single eyebrow was raised.
But Baird is loved by many hockey fans. People in Erie, Pa. remember fondly his days with the Otters. Corpus Christi, Texas treats the Ontario boy like a native son and Youngstown, Ohio is praying for him.  A career minor leaguer, Baird recently signed on to play with the Muskegon Fury of the International League, but he will likely never suit up for them.
On July 17, Baird was working a summer job as a landscaper in Youngstown when the riding lawnmower he was steering exploded, engulfing the 27-year-old father of three in flames. Baird received third-degree burns to more than 70 percent of his body and the weeks since have seen the gritty winger in and out of surgery and fighting for his life. Like a lot of kids in North America, Baird was keeping his dream of playing hockey for a living alive by doing what had to be done. If he could only earn about $500 a week, he would take a job in the summer and make up the income that way.
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Construction and landscaping are common, which, ironically, is what NHLers did back in the Original Six era.  But now that summer job has Baird fighting for his life in an Akron burn unit.
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After two weeks, Jason Baird's next milestone will be to get off his ventilator and talk again. While he never played in a major hockey market, the passion - and compassion - of his fans runs just as deep.  Trawl the comment section on Bethany Baird's journal and you'll find fans, Zamboni drivers, rival teams and even the folks who used to run the pizza place in Cayuga, Ont., where Jason grew up.
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Jason Baird suffered third-degree burns to 70 per cent of his body when a lawn mower on which he was riding exploded July 17. He is seen here playing with the Central Hockey League's Youngstown Steelhounds last season. Baird is slowly recovering in the burn unit of an Ohio hospital.
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After Jason received seven skin grafts, started breathing on his own and recently spoke to her
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