Hank Bassen

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Hank Bassen
Born (1932-12-06)December 6, 1932
Calgary, AB, CAN
Died May 29, 2009(2009-05-29) (aged 76)
Calgary, AB, CAN
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Goaltender
Shot Left
Played for Chicago Black Hawks
Pittsburgh Penguins
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 1954–1968

Henry "Hank, Red" Bassen (December 6, 1932 – May 29, 2009) was a Canadian ice hockey goaltender. Bassen served as a back-up goaltender in the National Hockey League for the Chicago Black Hawks, Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins. He was the father of Bob Bassen who played 765 regular seasons games in the NHL.

Playing career[edit]

Bassen began his NHL career in 1954 with the Chicago Black Hawks where he spent two seasons as back-up to Al Rollins. Bassen went on to have starting roles in the Western Hockey League for the Calgary Stampeders, Seattle Americans and the Vancouver Canucks before moving to the Detroit Red Wings where over three seasons he would serve as back-up to Terry Sawchuk between 1960 and 1963.

During the 1963–64 season, Bassen played seven games with the Indianapolis Capitals/Cincinnati Wings in the CPHL and 26 games with the Pittsburgh Hornets in the AHL.[1]

After spending most of the season with the Pittsburgh Hornets, Bassen returned to the Red Wings roster to serve back-up once more, this time to Roger Crozier during the 1963–64 NHL season. He played one final year with the Pittsburgh Penguins, backing up Les Binkley before retiring in 1968.

After retiring Bassen managed the junior Calgary Wranglers from 1984 to 1986 and had two sons go on to play professional hockey.

Bassen died on May 29, 2009 of heart failure at age 76.[2]

Awards and achievements[edit]

  • WCJHL Second All-Star Team (1950)
  • WCJHL First All-Star Team (1952)
  • OHA-Sr. First All-Star Team (1954)
  • WHL First All-Star Team (1960)
  • Outstanding Goaltender Award (fewest goals against - WHL) (1960)
  • Leader Cup (MVP - WHL) (co-winner - Guyle Fielder) (1960)

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

   
Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
1954–55 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 21 4 9 8 1260 63 0 3.00
1954–55 Buffalo Bisons AHL 37 13 19 5 2220 121 3 3.27
1955–56 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 12 2 9 1 720 41 1 3.42
1955–56 Buffalo Bisons AHL 53 26 23 4 3300 201 0 3.65
1956–57 Calgary Stampeders WHL 68 29 35 4 4125 223 5 3.24
1957–58 Seattle Americans WHL 60 27 27 6 3600 184 3 3.07
1958–59 Springfield Indians AHL 29 13 14 2 1740 102 2 3.52
1959–60 Vancouver Canucks WHL 70 44 19 6 4220 172 5 2.45
1960–61 Detroit Red Wings NHL 34 13 12 9 2120 98 0 2.77
1961–62 Detroit Red Wings NHL 27 9 12 6 1620 75 3 2.78
1961–62 Sudbury Wolves EPHL 3 1 2 0 180 14 0 4.67
1961–62 Edmonton Flyers WHL 9 4 4 1 557 30 0 3.23
1962–63 Detroit Red Wings NHL 16 6 5 5 960 52 0 3.25
1962–63 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 40 15 23 2 2400 134 2 3.35
1963–64 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 0 1 0 60 4 0 4.00
1963–64 Indianapolis Capitols / Cincinnati Wings CPHL 7 0 6 1 420 39 0 5.57
1963–64 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 26 9 15 2 1560 82 1 3.15
1964–65 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 57 24 25 7 3433 182 2 3.18
1965–66 Detroit Red Wings NHL 11 3 3 0 406 17 0 2.51
1966–67 Detroit Red Wings NHL 8 2 4 0 384 22 0 3.44
1966–67 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 10 6 3 1 570 18 3 1.89
1967–68 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 25 7 10 3 1299 62 1 2.86
NHL Totals 156 46 65 31 8759 434 5 2.97

Playoffs[edit]

   
Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA
1955–56 Buffalo Bisons AHL 5 2 3 299 20 0 4.01
1956–57 Calgary Stampeders WHL 3 1 2 180 12 0 4.00
1957–58 Seattle Totems WHL 9 5 4 557 21 0 2.26
1959–60 Vancouver Canucks WHL 11 9 2 696 22 0 1.90
1960–61 Detroit Red Wings NHL 4 1 2 220 9 0 2.45
1963–64 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 1 0 1 60 4 0 4.00
1964–65 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 4 1 3 240 15 0 3.75
1965–66 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 0 1 54 2 0 2.22
1966–67 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 9 8 1 541 15 1 1.66
NHL Totals 5 1 3 274 11 0 2.41

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