Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Sam Bettio
Sam Bettio played his junior hockey with the Copper Cliff Redmen of the NOJHA for two years. After averaging better than a goal per game in 1946-47 he was added to the roster of the Timmins Combine during their Memorial Cup run. In three games Bettio notched one goal.

Bettio turned pro in 1947-48 suiting up for the Hershey Bears and the Boston Olympics. After another year in Hershey, he got the opportunity to play in the NHL with the Boston Bruins in 1949-50, dressing for 44 games and responded with nine goals and 21 points. Despite the strong offensive production it was not enough to keep him in the lineup on a full-time basis.

Bettio continued his hockey career for another four years in Hershey and also spent another four years with the Buffalo Bisons. He was always known for his strong puckhandling skills and quick release on his shot, and he often had the point totals to prove it. However, he was not able to convince the NHL teams to give him another opportunity to play at the very elite level. He played the last four years of his career in the EPHL with the Sudbury Wolves, retiring in 1962.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1945-46 Copper Cliff Jr. Redmen NOJHA 8 2 3 5 0 3 7 2 9 0
1946-47 Copper Cliff Jr. Redmen NOJHA 9 10 6 16 10 5 7 7 14 8
1946-47 Timmins Combines M-Cup 3 1 0 1 4
1947-48 Hershey Bears AHL 21 3 3 6 8
1947-48 Boston Olympics EAHL 8 8 5 13 10
1947-48 Boston Olympics QSHL 22 11 14 25 31
1948-49 Hershey Bears AHL 58 15 25 40 18 11 3 4 7 4
1949-50 Boston Bruins NHL 44 9 12 21 32
1949-50 Hershey Bears AHL 23 7 10 17 8
1950-51 Hershey Bears AHL 57 19 42 61 28 6 2 4 6 0
1951-52 Hershey Bears AHL 64 18 37 55 27 5 2 0 2 13
1952-53 Hershey Bears AHL 63 21 43 64 24 3 2 1 3 2
1953-54 Victoria Cougars WHL 68 24 39 63 49 5 1 1 2 2
1954-55 Buffalo Bisons AHL 53 13 31 44 27 10 4 8 12 6
1955-56 Buffalo Bisons AHL 61 14 17 31 37 2 1 1 2 0
1956-57 Buffalo Bisons AHL 62 38 29 67 40
1957-58 Buffalo Bisons AHL 70 19 34 53 39
1958-59 Sudbury Wolves NOHA 19 13 15 28 0 5 4 0 4 4
1959-60 Sudbury Wolves EPHL 67 45 56 101 39 14 7 7 14 23
1960-61 Sudbury Wolves EPHL 65 37 50 87 99
1961-62 Sudbury Wolves EPHL 35 12 22 34 41 6 1 7 8 2
NHL Totals 44 9 12 21 32


Traded to Victoria (WHL) by Boston with Pentti Lund for cash, July 1, 1953.
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