Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Pete Bessone
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.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1935-36 Paris Stade Francais France
1936-37 Pittsburgh Yellowjackets EAHL 47 6 4 10 53
1937-38 Detroit Red Wings NHL 6 0 1 1 6
1937-38 Pittsburgh Hornets IAHL 16 1 1 2 4 1 0 0 0 0
1937-38 Detroit Pontiacs MOHL 15 6 2 8 38
1938-39 Pittsburgh Hornets IAHL 53 3 8 11 87
1939-40 Pittsburgh Hornets IAHL 54 4 8 12 100 9 0 2 2 20
1940-41 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 17 0 3 3 22
1941-42 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 53 2 18 20 102
1942-43 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 54 10 16 26 92 2 0 0 0 4
1942-43 Cleveland Barons AHL 1 0 0 0 0
1943-44 Cleveland Barons AHL 50 6 20 26 119 11 0 1 1 6
1944-45 Cleveland Barons AHL 60 6 26 32 100 12 1 2 3 18
1945-46 Cleveland Barons AHL 50 2 14 16 88 8 0 0 0 9
1946-47 Providence Reds AHL 54 4 9 13 94
1947-48 Paris Racing Club France
1948-49 Paris Racing Club France
1949-50 Springfield Indians AHL 4 0 0 0 2
NHL Totals 6 0 1 1 6


EAHL Second All-Star Team (1937) Signed as a free agent by Detroit, January 15, 1938. Traded to Pittsburgh (AHL) by Detroit for cash, October 5, 1939. Traded to Cleveland (AHL) by Pittsburgh (AHL) for Fred Robertson, November 1, 1943.