Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mark Janssens
Mark Janssens was a prolific scorer as an amateur who embraced a defensive role in the NHL. This allowed him to find a niche for himself in the big leagues that had lasted thirteen years as of the 2001-2002 season.

Born in the Vancouver suburb of Surrey, B.C., Janssens starred for his hometown's entry in the B.C. amateur league in 1983-84. He went on to play four seasons with the Regina Pats where he was a consistent point producer and abrasive power forward.

Chosen 72nd overall by the New York Rangers in the 1986 Entry Draft, Janssens spent a year apprenticing with Denver of the IHL before joining the Blueshirts in 1989-90. His agressive play for a rookie helped him become a fan favourite at Madison Square Garden. When the Rangers led the NHL in points during the 1991-92 season, they were deep at centre with Mark Messier, Darren Turcotte, Doug Weight, and Sergei Nemchinov. Janssens consequently spent most of his time with Binghamton of the AHL. He was traded to Minnesota but saw limited playing time there.

On the eve of training camp in 1992, Janssens' career was revived when he was traded to the Hartford Whalers, a team in need of more grit up front. He played nearly five full seasons there until he was traded to Anaheim late in 1996-97. The Mighty Ducks were looking for experience and grit, and Janssens filled the role well as the team reached the second round of the playoffs. He later played for the New York Islanders and Phoenix Coyotes before settling down with the Chicago Black Hawks. Janssens played 60 games for the Hawks in 1998-99 before settling in to a more part-time role with the team as of 2001-02.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1983-84 Surrey Eagles Minor-BC 40 40 58 98 64
1984-85 Regina Pats WHL 70 8 22 30 51 5 1 1 2 0
1985-86 Regina Pats WHL 71 25 38 63 146 9 0 2 2 17
1986-87 Regina Pats WHL 68 24 38 62 209 3 0 1 1 14
1987-88 Regina Pats WHL 71 39 51 90 202 4 3 4 7 6
1987-88 New York Rangers NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1987-88 Colorado Rangers IHL 6 2 2 4 24 12 3 2 5 20
1988-89 New York Rangers NHL 5 0 0 0 0 -4
1988-89 Denver Rangers IHL 38 19 19 38 104 4 3 0 3 18
1989-90 New York Rangers NHL 80 5 8 13 161 -26 9 2 1 3 10
1990-91 New York Rangers NHL 67 9 7 16 172 -1 6 3 0 3 6
1991-92 New York Rangers NHL 4 0 0 0 5 -1
1991-92 Binghamton Rangers AHL 55 10 23 33 109
1991-92 Minnesota North Stars NHL 3 0 0 0 0 -1
1991-92 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 2 0 0 0 2 11 1 2 3 22
1992-93 Hartford Whalers NHL 76 12 17 29 237 -15
1993-94 Hartford Whalers NHL 84 2 10 12 137 -13
1994-95 Hartford Whalers NHL 46 2 5 7 93 -8
1995-96 Hartford Whalers NHL 81 2 7 9 155 -13
1996-97 Hartford Whalers NHL 54 2 4 6 90 -10
1996-97 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 12 0 2 2 47 -3 11 0 0 0 15
1997-98 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 55 4 5 9 116 -22
1997-98 New York Islanders NHL 12 0 0 0 34 -3
1997-98 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 7 1 2 3 4 +4 1 0 0 0 2
1998-99 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 60 1 0 1 65 -11
1999-00 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 36 0 6 6 73 -2
2000-01 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 28 0 0 0 33 -8
2000-01 Norfolk Admirals AHL 28 3 9 12 41 -4
2000-01 Houston Aeros IHL 4 2 1 3 2 +1
NHL Totals 711 40 73 113 1422 27 5 1 6 33


Traded to Minnesota by NY Rangers for Mario Thyer and Minnesota's 3rd round pick (Maxim Galanov) in 1993 NHL Draft, March 10, 1992. Traded to Hartford by Minnesota for James Black, September 3, 1992. Traded to Anaheim by Hartford for Bates Battaglia and Anaheim's 4th round pick (Carolina selected Josef Vasicek) in 1998 NHL Draft, March 18, 1997. Traded to NY Islanders by Anaheim with Joe Sacco and J.J. Daigneault for Travis Green, Doug Houda and Tony Tuzzolino, February 6, 1998. Traded to Phoenix by NY Islanders for Phoenix's 9th round pick (Jason Doyle) in 1998 NHL Draft, March 24, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Chicago, July 28, 1998.
Missed majority of 1999-2000 due to back injury vs. Edmonton, December 3, 1999. Traded to Philadelphia by Chicago for Philadelphia's 9th round pick (Arne Ramholt) in 2000 NHL Draft, June 12, 2000. Claimed on waivers by Chicago from Philadelphia, July 6, 2000.
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