Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Hank Bassen
Hank Bassen, also known as Mr. Emergency, was between the pipes for some legendary moments in hockey history. Unfortunately for him, the moments were usually bad for his team and good for his opponents.

He was in goal the night Chicago beat Detroit 5-1 to capture the Stanley Cup in the sixth game of the finals in 1960-61. Though he had once played for the Black Hawks, Bassen had been traded to the Red Wings in the five-player deal that banished Ted Lindsay and Glen Hall to Chicago in 1957. When Terry Sawchuk moved to the Maple Leafs in 1964, the red-haired Bassen was overlooked for the number one slot and was forced to spend most of his time in the AHL. When he did play in the NHL it was as a backup to Roger Crozier, the Wings first choice.

In the 1966 Stanley Cup finals, Crozier wrenched a knee and Bassen played most of game four, giving up goals to Jean Beliveau and Ralph Backstrom as the Canadiens beat the Wings 2-1 at the Olympia. Beliveau would score another meaningful goal against Bassen on October 11, 1967. It was the first game ever for Bassen's Pittsburgh Penguins, and Beliveau's goal, aside from helping Montreal to a 2-1 win, was his 400th career marker.

After retiring, Bassen, who had two sons play professional hockey, kept his hand in hockey, managing the junior Calgary Wranglers from 1984-86.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1949-50 Calgary Buffaloes WCJHL 30 11 18 1 0 3.70
1950-51 Calgary Buffaloes WCJHL 37 8 27 2 2 4.63
1950-51 Medicine Hat Tigers WCJHL 1 0 1 0 0 10.00
1951-52 Calgary Buffaloes WCJHL 42 21 17 4 1 3.07 3 0 3 0 0 4.33
1952-53 Calgary Buffaloes WCJHL 30 14 13 3 0 4.68 3 0 3 0 0 3.67
1953-54 Chatham Maroons OHA-Sr. 55 22 30 3 2 3.73 6 2 4 0 1 4.17
1954-55 Buffalo Bisons AHL 37 13 19 5 3 3.27
1954-55 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 21 4 9 8 0 3.00
1955-56 Buffalo Bisons AHL 55 26 23 4 0 3.80 5 2 3 0 0 4.01
1955-56 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 12 2 9 1 1 3.33
1956-57 Calgary Stampeders WHL 68 29 35 4 5 3.24 3 1 2 0 0 4.00
1957-58 Seattle Totems WHL 60 27 27 6 3 3.06 9 5 4 0 0 2.26
1958-59 Springfield Indians AHL 29 13 14 2 1 3.52
1959-60 Vancouver Canucks WHL 70 44 19 6 5 2.45 11 9 2 0 0 1.90
1960-61 Detroit Red Wings NHL 35 13 13 8 0 2.93 4 1 2 0 2.45
1961-62 Detroit Red Wings NHL 27 9 12 6 3 2.78
1961-62 Edmonton Flyers WHL 9 4 4 1 0 3.23
1961-62 Sudbury Wolves EPHL 3 1 2 0 0 4.67
1962-63 Detroit Red Wings NHL 16 6 5 5 0 3.19
1962-63 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 40 15 23 2 2 3.35
1963-64 Cincinnati Wings CPHL 7 0 6 1 0 5.57
1963-64 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 0 1 0 0 4.00
1963-64 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 26 9 15 2 1 3.15 1 0 1 0 0 4.00
1964-65 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 57 24 25 7 2 3.18 4 1 3 0 0 3.75
1965-66 Detroit Red Wings NHL 11 3 3 0 0 2.51 1 0 1 0 2.22
1966-67 Detroit Red Wings NHL 8 2 4 0 0 3.44
1966-67 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 10 6 3 1 3 1.89 9 8 1 0 1 1.66
1967-68 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 25 7 10 3 1 2.86
NHL Totals 156 46 66 31 5 2.97 5 1 3 0 2.40


Father of Bob
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)
Traded to Detroit by Chicago with Johnny Wilson, Forbes Kennedy and Bill Preston for Ted Lindsay and Glenn Hall, July 23, 1957. Traded to Springfield (AHL) by Detroit with Dennis Olson and Bill McCreary for Gerry Ehman, May 1, 1958. Traded to Vancouver (WHL) by Springfield (AHL) for Colin Kilburn and $7,500, July, 1959. Claimed by Detroit from Vancouver (WHL) in Inter-League Draft, June, 1960. Traded to Pittsburgh by Detroit for Roy Edwards, September 7, 1967.