Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Steve Jensen
Left winger Steve Jensen was a clever offensive player who appeared in more than 400 NHL games with the Minnesota North Stars and Los Angeles Kings. He was also a respected college and international player.

The native of Minneapolis, Minnesota played two years with the Michigan Tech Huskies. He helped the school win the NCAA championship in 1975 and was placed on the tournament all-star team in 1974 and the championship season. Jensen was chosen by the Minnesota North Stars 58th overall in the 1975 Amateur Draft after which he entered the U.S. national team program.

Jensen scored 52 goals in 64 games for the U.S. in 1975-76 and represented his country at the 1975 and 1976 World Championships and the 1976 Innsbruck Olympics. After scoring six goals in as many games in Innsbruck, Jensen made his NHL debut and scored 13 points in 19 games for the North Stars. Later that year he played for Team USA at the inaugural Canada Cup tournament.

Much was expected of Jensen in 1976-77 but he got off to a slow start even though he was getting plenty of shots on net. He recovered to score 22 goals that year playing with Roland Eriksson and Alex Pirus. All three linemates, and Glen Sharpley, hit the 20-goal mark making the North Stars the first team to have four rookies at that level in the same season.

Jensen played for the U.S. at the 1978 World Championships then found himself with the L.A. Kings two months later as part of the compensation for Minnesota's signing of free agent Gary Sargent. Jensen recorded consecutive 20-goal seasons for the Kings in 1978-79 and 1979-80 and remained a regular for two more years. He retired in 1982 after spending half the season with the AHL's New Haven Nighthawks.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1973-74 Michigan Tech Huskies WCHA 40 17 9 26 32
1974-75 Michigan Tech Huskies WCHA 41 16 32 48 18
1974-75 United States Nat-Tm 17 4 1 5
1974-75 United States WEC-A 9 2 0 2 2
1975-76 United States Nat-Tm 64 52 44 96 42
1975-76 United States Olympics 6 6 0 6 6
1975-76 United States WEC-A 7 4 5 9 8
1975-76 Minnesota North Stars NHL 19 7 6 13 6 -5
1976-77 United States Can-Cup 5 1 0 1 2
1976-77 Minnesota North Stars NHL 78 22 23 45 62 -6 2 0 1 1 0
1977-78 Minnesota North Stars NHL 74 13 17 30 73 -30
1977-78 Fort Worth Texans CHL 3 0 1 1 2
1977-78 United States WEC-A 10 3 0 3 2
1978-79 Los Angeles Kings NHL 72 23 8 31 57 -28 2 0 0 0 0
1978-79 United States WEC-A
1979-80 Los Angeles Kings NHL 76 21 15 36 13 -39 4 0 0 0 2
1980-81 Los Angeles Kings NHL 74 19 19 38 88 -6 4 0 2 2 7
1981-82 Los Angeles Kings NHL 45 8 19 27 19 -14
1981-82 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 14 5 8 13 4 1 0 0 0 0
1982-83
1983-84 EV Zug Swiss-2
1984-85 EV Zug Swiss-2 36 38 19 57
1985-86 Springfield Indians AHL 4 3 3 6 2
NHL Totals 438 113 107 220 318 12 0 3 3 9


NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (1974, 1975) Transferred to Los Angeles by Minnesota with Dave Gardner and Rick Hampton as compensation for Minnesota's signing of free agent Gary Sargent, July 15, 1978.
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