An experienced financial services executive from St. Louis, Missouri, James Giacin brings over 25 years of experience in structured finance and corporate finance to a Missouri financial firm where he serves as a managing director. A hockey player during his younger years, James Giacin of St. Louis, Missouri played and coached junior, preparatory school, collegiate, international, and professional hockey. In 1989, he was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings, a professional hockey team that competes in the National Hockey League (NHL).
Bailey the Lion, the mascot of the Kings, has been nominated for inclusion in the 2023 Mascot Hall of Fame. Known as the King of the NHL, Bailey was born in 2007. Since then, he has brought his energy and family-friendly personality to every Kings game and led the lively “Go! Kings Go!” chants with every loud bang of his drum. Bailey wears jersey No. 72, which alludes to the temperature in Los Angeles, always at 72 degrees.
Bailey is popular in the Los Angeles community for his charitable activities. He helped raise $2 million for the benefit of the King’s Care Foundation, a non-profit that local families in Los Angeles. He also strongly supports the YMCA, the Ronald McDonald House, and the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
The Mascot Hall of Fame was established to honor and celebrate the most loved mascots worldwide. The Hall of Fame has inducted more than 20 mascots since its creation.