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Pete Bessone
Pete Bessone
Defenseman
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 200
Shoots: Left
Born: Jan 13, 1913
Birthplace: New Bedford, MA, United States
Acquired: Signed as a free agent by Detroit on January 15, 1938.
In the fall of 1936 Pete Bessone returned from Paris, France where he had recently completed a season of playing hockey in Europe. Two years earlier he was part of the U.S. team that captured silver at the 1933-34 world championships. At the age of 23 he felt ready to take a crack and playing pro hockey in North America and joined the Pittsburgh Yellowjackets of the EAHL. The burly 200-pounder notched six goals and ten points in 47 games.

Thanks to his strong performance in Pittsburgh, Bessone was offered a contract by Detroit the following year and he suited up for six games with the NHL's Red Wings and also 15 games with the Detroit Pontiacs. Midway through the year he was sent back to Pittsburgh, this time to the Hornets of the IAHL.

After nearly five years in Pittsburgh, Bessone was traded to the Cleveland Barons of the AHL late in 1942-43 and he remained with the club through the 1945-46 season, never relinquishing the toughness aspect of his game and was part of the Barons' Calder Cup winning team in 1945.

In 1947 he returned to France for two years where he took over the coaching duties for the Paris Racing Club and retired in 1949-50 as a member of the AHL's Springfield Indians. Bessone was inducted to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 1978. His brother Amo Bessone, who coached Michigan State University for 28 years, is also in the U.S. Hall of Fame.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
R. Sheahan 81 14 11 -8 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80