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Uploaded By: PRESIDENT on May 8th, 2018

Henry "Hank" Bassen - Born December 6, 1932 in Calgary, Alberta – Died May 29, 2009 in Calgary, Alberta was a Canadian professional ice Hockey goaltender.

Bassen played all his minor and junior Hockey in his hometown of Calgary, first playing junior with the Calgary Buffaloes in 1949. Bassen played his final season of amateur Hockey with the OHA Sr. Chatham Maroons in the 1953-54 season, before turning pro wuth the American Hockey League / AHL Buffalo Bisons in 1954.

Bassen began his NHL career in the 1954-55 season with the Chicago Black Hawks where he spent two seasons as back-up to Al Rollins. Bassen went on to have starting roles in the Western Hockey League for the Calgary Stampeders, Seattle Americans and the Vancouver Canucks before Chicago traded him with Johnny Wilson, Forbes Kennedy and Bill Preston for Ted Lindsay and Glenn Hall, July 23, 1957 to the Detroit Red Wings where over three seasons he would serve as back-up to Terry Sawchuk between 1960 and 1963. Bassen 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.

Bassen played most of the 1962-63 season with the Pittsburgh Hornets, while also playing 16 games with the Red Wings.

During the 1963–64 season, Bassen played seven games with the Indianapolis Capitals/Cincinnati Wings in the CPHL and 26 games with the Pittsburgh Hornets in the AHL.

After spending most of the season with the Pittsburgh Hornets, Bassen returned to the Red Wings roster to serve back-up once more, this time to Roger Crozier during the 1963–64 NHL season. He played one final year with the Pittsburgh Penguins, backing up Les Binkley before retiring in 1968.


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