Peter Angelo “Pete” Bessone

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Born January 13, 1913 in New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
Height: 5’ 11” Weight: 200 lbs

Pete Bessone was elected into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 1978. Bessone’s brother, Amo, also played for the Reds and later became a USA Hall of Famer himself.

Pete played with Providence in 1946 towards the end of his professional career. He scored 4 goals and 9 assists with 94 PIM in 54 games.

Bessone was a three-sport star at West Springfield High School in Massachusetts. In 1931, he left the United States to play hockey in France, enjoying a very successful career overseas. He came to be considered such a top draw in France, the locals referred to him as the “Babe Ruth” of hockey in Paris.

Now believed to be a top prospect, he signed on with the Detroit Red Wings and played 6 games with them in 1938. They would turn out to be his only NHL starts. 

He played 3 seasons with the Cleveland Barons, the high point being their 1944 Calder Cup.

Peter Angelo “Pete” Bessone

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