Nick Bailen’s hockey journey is set to take an overseas turn.
The Fredonia native has signed with Tappara Tampere, the Finnish club announced. Bailen joined the Rochester Americans in March after completing his college career at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He played 12 games with the Sabres’ minor-league affiate, including all three playoff outings.
The 23-year-old defenseman had no goals, three assists and a minus-5 rating during the regular season and no points with a minus-3 during the playoffs. The 5-foot-9, 185-pounder had 12 goals and 31 points in 35 games at RPI this season to lead the Engineers.