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Peter Bessone
Position Defence
Shot Left
5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
200 lb (91 kg)
Teams Pittsburgh Hornets
Cleveland Barons
Providence Reds
Born January 13, 1913(1913-01-13),
New Bedford, MA, USA
Died December 5 1989 (aged 76),
Pro Career 1931 – 1950
Medal record
Competitor for Flag of the United States.png United States of America
Ice hockey
World Championships
Silver 1934 Milan, Italy

Peter Bessone (January 13, 1913 – December 5, 1989) was a retired ice hockey player. Bessone played in the American Hockey League with the Cleveland Barons, Providence Reds, Pittsburgh Hornets and Springfield Indians of the International Hockey League. He was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 1978.


Early career

As a high school student Pete Bessone was a three sport athlete at West Springfield, High, playing football, baseball and, ice hockey.[1] Following his completion of high school Bessone began his hockey career locally playing in Springfield, Massachusetts for the West Side Ranges.[2] In 1931 Bessone left the united States to play hockey in France,[1] he joined the Rapides de Paris,[3] leading to a very successful French career. While playing for Stade, France Bessone was considered the top hockey draw in France and some even called him the Babe Ruth of hockey in Paris.[1]

In 1934 Bessone represented the United States at the World Championships in Milan, Italy. In the semi-final versus Germany, Bessone scored two of the US' three goals. The Americans took the Silver medal finishing only behind Canada.[1]

Return to the States

Following the 1936 season Bessone returned from France, with the intention of playing professionally in North America. Bessone joined the Pittsburgh Yellowjackets of the EAHL, were he scored six goals and 10 points through 47 games. He so impressed that season that he was offered a contract by the NHL's Detroit Redwings.[4] Bassone began the 1937-38 season with Detroit Pontiacs, a Redwings' farm team. Thanks to an injury to Wing's defensemen Ebbie Goodfellow Bessone was called up, making his debut on January, 16 1938 against the Montreal Maroons. After his debut Bessone was believed to be a solid prospect.[5] However after only six games with The Redwings and 15 with the Pontiacs Bassone was sent to the Pittsburgh Hornets of the AHL, he would never play in the NHL again.[4]

AHL career

Bessone continued to play for the Hornets for the next five years.[4] In 1942 Bessone was selected to start in the AHL's first All-star game. The game was held in Cleveland, Ohio, with the intent of to raise money in support of American and Canadian armed forces serving in World War II, the contest raised $4,132 towards this goal.[6] Bessone's long tenure in Pittsburgh finally came to a close in 1943 when the Hornets traded Bessone to the Cleveland Barons for defensemen Fred Robertson.[7]

Bessone sent thee seasons in Cleveland. His short time with the Barons however saw the high point of Bessone's career, as the Barons won the 1944-45 Calder Cup as league champions.[8] It was the only North American Championship Bessone would win. After his time in Cleveland Bessone spent one more year in the AHL playing for the Providence Reds.

Post playing career

In 1947 Bessone returned to France to be the head coach of the Paris Racing Club hockey team.[4] He coached them for two season before returning to the states to coach the Springfield Indians of the IHL he would play 4 games as a player-coach. Following the 1949-50 season Bessone retired from hockey for good.[1]

In 1978 Bessone was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of fame, 14 years later he was joined by his brother Amo Bessone.[9]

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame: Pete Bessone. USA Retrieved on 2010-04-23-2010.
  2. Yes, Indeed! Indians Are Our “Cousins”.. The Pittsburgh Press (1938-03-02). Retrieved on 2010-04-23.
  3. BE. A to Z Retrieved on 2010-04-23.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Pete Bessone. Legends of Retrieved on 2010-04-23.
  5. Herbie Lewis (1938-01-17). Detroit Struggle Ends in Stalemate Before 8,000 Fans. The Montreal Gazette. Retrieved on 2010-04-23.
  6. Robert Ritzman (2009-01-22). Canadian transplanted to Wilbraham brought back the AHL All-Star game. The Republican. Retrieved on 2010-04-23.
  7. Phil gundelfinger, Jr. (1944-01-26). Hornets meet Barons Here Tonight.. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved on 2010-04-23.
  8. Calder Cup Champions: the Players. The Retrieved on 2010-04-23.
  9. U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Enshrinees. USA Retrieved on 2010-04-23.

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