Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Chris Ahrens
Captain of the Kitchener Rangers for his final year of junior in 1971-72, Ahrens was drafted 76th overall by Minnesota in the summer of '72. Although he played his entire career with the North Stars, the time amounted to just 52 games over five seasons, as he spent the majority of his time in the minors.

That he played in the OHA might not seem like a big deal, but it was rare indeed for a Californian to take his hockey so seriously that he'd venture halfway across the Continent to work on developing his game. After leaving the Rangers, Ahrens played most of 72-73 in the AHL, though he was called up to the North Stars for one playoff game. The following year, he failed to make a great impression, and his most successful year came in 74-75 when he played 44 games with the parent club.

He finished his playing career with the Edmonton Oilers in the WHA in 77-78, playing four games at the end of the season after an intra-league trade sent him from Minnesota with Pierre Jarry to the Oilers for future considerations.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1969-70 Kitchener Ranger B's ON-Jr.B 38 10 19 29 134
1969-70 Kitchener Rangers OHA-Jr. 4 1 0 1 0
1970-71 Kitchener Rangers OHA-Jr. 54 7 14 21 203 4 0 2 2 11
1971-72 Kitchener Rangers OHA-Jr. 40 3 22 25 64
1972-73 Cleveland/Jacksonville Barons AHL 76 2 17 19 248
1972-73 Minnesota North Stars NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1973-74 Minnesota North Stars NHL 3 0 1 1 0 +1
1973-74 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 73 4 20 24 177 10 1 0 1 45
1974-75 Minnesota North Stars NHL 44 0 2 2 77 -27
1974-75 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 23 1 10 11 132 16 2 5 7 106
1975-76 Minnesota North Stars NHL 2 0 0 0 2 -1
1975-76 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 70 2 8 10 121 3 0 0 0 12
1976-77 Minnesota North Stars NHL 2 0 0 0 5 +1
1976-77 Rhode Island Reds AHL 42 1 7 8 82
1976-77 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 29 1 6 7 82
1977-78 Minnesota North Stars NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1977-78 Fort Worth Texans CHL 50 1 10 11 137
1977-78 Edmonton Oilers WHA 4 0 0 0 15
NHL Totals 52 0 3 3 84 1 0 0 0 0


Selected by NY Raiders (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Traded to Edmonton (WHA) by Minnesota with Pierre Jarry for future considerations, March, 1978.
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