Grant Besse (born July 14, 1994) is an American professional ice hockey forward. He is currently playing for Krefeld Pinguine in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). Besse was selected in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft by the Anaheim Ducks in the 5th round (147th overall)
July 14, 1994|
Plymouth, Minnesota, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)|
147th overall, 2013|
Playing for the Red Knights of Benilde-St. Margaret's in Minnesota, in 2012 he had 51 goals, bringing his career totals to 115 goals in 85 games. On March 11, 2012, Besse set a state tournament record when he scored five goals, including three short-handed, to power the Benilde-St. Margaret's to a 5-1 win to capture the Minnesota State boys hockey championship. As a result of the five goals, he scored 163 goals in his high school career, finishing fifth in Minnesota history, according to CBS Minnesota.
Besse was named the 2013 Minnesota Mr. Hockey as the top senior player from the state of Minnesota. It was announced in March 2013 that he had also been named Associated Press Player of the Year for Minnesota high school hockey, an award voted on by a state panel of broadcasters and sports writers.
Besse scored in his first two career games with the Badgers. He had 14 points in his freshman season, which led all freshman on the team. In his sophomore season he led the entire team in points with 22. His junior season he was named assistant captain and lead the team again in points, but this time with 33.
Following the conclusion of his senior year in the 2016–17 season, Besse completed his four-year collegiate career, posting 37 goals and 97 points in 138 games.
With the Anaheim Ducks opting not to offer Besse a contract, he signed as a free agent to his first professional contract with the Norfolk Admirals of the ECHL on October 3, 2017. In the 2017–18 season, Besse completed the campaign as the top scoring rookie in the ECHL, compiling 30 goals and 62 points in 62 games with the Admirals. He led the team in goals and game-winning goals (4), and finished second on the club in assists and points. He was selected to play in the 2018 CCM/ECHL All-Star Classic, and earned a spot on the ECHL All-Rookie Team for his play. Besse, earned a professional tryout with the AHL's Cleveland Monsters at the tail end of the season, finishing with seven points in 11 games. He scored his first AHL goal on March 28, 2018, against the Stockton Heat, and registered three assists against the San Antonio Rampage on April 8.
As a free agent over the summer, Besse secured a one-year AHL contract with the Hershey Bears on August 23, 2018. He began the 2018–19 season familiarly in the ECHL with affiliate, the South Carolina Stingrays. He matched his rookie season totals with the Stingrays, posting 30 goals and 62 points in 60 games. He played in just 7 games with the Hershey Bears, posting 2 goals in his various call-ups.
On April 25, 2019, Besse opted to pursue a European career, signing an initial one-year contract with German club, Krefeld Pinguine of the DEL.
|2009–10||Benilde-St. Margaret's School||USHS||27||30||20||50||12||2||3||1||4||0|
|2010–11||Benilde-St. Margaret's School||USHS||27||33||20||53||18||2||4||1||5||2|
|2011–12||Benilde-St. Margaret's School||USHS||31||52||41||93||33||6||12||6||18||2|
|2012–13||Benilde-St. Margaret's School||USHS||28||48||28||76||16||3||4||3||7||2|
|2013–14||University of Wisconsin||B1G||36||8||6||14||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014–15||University of Wisconsin||B1G||32||11||11||22||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|2015–16||University of Wisconsin||B1G||35||11||22||33||10||—||—||—||—||—|
|2016–17||University of Wisconsin||B1G||35||9||19||28||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|2018–19||South Carolina Stingrays||ECHL||60||30||32||62||33||5||2||0||2||0|
Awards and honorsEdit
|Minnesota Mr. Hockey||2013|||
|Boys Hockey AP Player Of Year||2013|||
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- Baggot, Andy (December 5, 2014). "Badgers men's hockey: Grant Besse growing into leadership role". Madison.com. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
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- "Wisconsin Recruit Grant Besse Claims Minnesota Mr. Hockey Award". Bucky's 5th Quarter. March 10, 2013. Retrieved March 10, 2013.
- Mr. Hockey Award goes to Grant Besse of Benilde-St. Margaret's - TwinCities.com
- Badgers men’s hockey: UW recruit Grant Besse named Mr. Hockey in Minnesota : Sports
- Mr. Hockey Finalists Announced: Wisconsin Recruit Grant Besse the Favorite - Bucky's 5th Quarter
- "Men's Hockey - Wisconsin Athletics". www.uwbadgers.com. Retrieved April 10, 2016.
- Ehrlich, Bobby (February 28, 2016). "Badgers disappoint in weekend series in Columbus". The Daily Cardinal. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
- "Admirals ink Besse, Melancon". Norfolk Admirals. October 3, 2017. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
- "Bears sign forward Grant Besse to an AHL contract". Hershey Bears. August 23, 2018. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
- "Pinguine sign Grant Besse" (in German). Krefeld Pinguine. April 25, 2019. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
- Besse named Mr. Hockey | Minnesota Hockey Hub | MN Boys High School Hockey
- "ECHL Announces 2017-18 All-Rookie Team". ECHL. April 4, 2018.