Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Nelson Debenedet
Born in Cordenous, Italy on New Year's Eve, 1947 left winger Nelson Debenedet was in North America when he began laying the groundwork for his NHL career. Debenedet spent three years with the Michigan State Spartans, then turned pro with the Fort Wayne Comets and returned to school and played a year with the University of Toronto before signing an NHL contract in 1971. Debendet signed with the Detroit Red Wings and spent the next two seasons playing minor pro but made his NHL debut during the 1973-74 season.

Debenedet played 15 games with the Wings and scored four goals and five points. He spent the rest of that campaign in the American Hockey League. On May 27th 1974 Debenedet was traded by the Red Wings to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

With the Penguins Debenedet hit career highs in all categories scoring six goals and nine points in 31 games. It was the final season Debenedet played at the National Hockey League level.

After spending the 1975-76 toiling for the Penguins farm club in Hershey Debenedet retired from hockey.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1966-67 Michigan State Spartans WCHA 27 0 7 7 14
1967-68 Michigan State Spartans WCHA 29 4 3 7 25
1968-69 Michigan State Spartans WCHA 28 10 7 17 40
1969-70 University of Toronto OUAA
1969-70 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 8 0 3 3 6
1970-71 University of Toronto OUAA 15 3 9 12 29 11 2 10 12 0
1971-72 Fort Worth Wings CHL 14 2 4 6 15
1971-72 Tidewater Red Wings AHL 22 4 3 7 12
1971-72 Port Huron Wings IHL 30 7 5 12 19
1972-73 Virginia Wings AHL 76 29 27 56 64 13 2 5 7 6
1973-74 Detroit Red Wings NHL 15 4 1 5 2 +1
1973-74 Virginia Wings AHL 39 8 15 23 40
1974-75 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 31 6 3 9 11 -3
1974-75 Hershey Bears AHL 25 6 6 12 13 12 2 4 6 2
1975-76 Hershey Bears AHL 69 14 19 33 12 9 4 5 9 6
NHL Totals 46 10 4 14 13


Signed as a free agent by Detroit, September, 1971. Traded to Pittsburgh by Detroit for Hank Nowak and Pittsburgh's 3rd round choice (Dan Mandryk) in 1974 Amateur Draft, May 27, 1974.