Bob played in junior hockey in the WHL for The Medicine Hat Tigers. A fierce winger who scored 32 goals in his final year of junior hockey, Bassen represented Canada at the 1985 World Junior Championships before signing as a free agent with the New York Islanders. Bob spent his first four years of his professional career with the New York Islanders before being traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in 1988-89. Bassen split his time between Chicago and the IHL’s Indianapolis Ice before joining the St. Louis Blues in 1990-91. In his first season with the Blues, Bassen scored a career high 34 points. The Quebec Nordiques would acquire Bassen during the 1993-94 season. The Calgary native’s stay in Quebec lasted only two seasons before he joined the Dallas Stars for the 1995-96 season. During his NHL career Bassen would play for seven teams between 1985 and 2000 as a useful role player, banger, and hitter. He also played for Canada at the 1992 World Championships. Bob0 retired playing over 800 NHL games and racking over 1000 penalty minutes.