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Sunday, May 31, 2009

NHL Goalie Hank Bassen Called Up

On the eve of this year's Stanley Cup rematch between the Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins, both teams lost one of their own.

Born on December 6th in 1932, Hank Bassen spent 19 years between the pipes in the AHL (Buffalo, Springfield, Pittsburgh), WHL (Calgary, Seattle, Vancouver, Edmonton), EPHL (Sudbury), CHL (Indianapolis/ Cincinnati), and NHL (Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh).

Described as a "top-flight NHL goalie" and "perhaps the greatest standby" in the league, Mr. Emergency backed up some of the game's greats in Al Rollins, Terry Sawchuk, Roger Crozier, and Les Binkley. The Calgary native completed his NHL career with a 46-66-31 record, including a 2.97 GAA and 5 shutouts.

The red-headed puck stopper was 76.