Right-winger Chris Jensen was a reserve with the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers between 1986 and 1991. A consistent scorer in college and the minors, Jensen was more of a role player than superstar during his 74-game NHL career. His strengths included an imposing slapshot and superior passing skills.
Born in Fort St. John, B.C., Jensen grew up in nearby Salmon Arm. He was a hot scorer for the Kelowna Packers of the BCJHL with 97 goals in two seasons. He was selected 78th overall by the New York Rangers in the 1982 Entry Draft before accepting a scholarship to the University of North Dakota. He reached the 20-goal mark in each of his last three seasons for the Fighting Sioux and led the team with 65 points in 34 games during his senior year. That final year he played on a dangerous line with future NHLer Bob Joyce and at one time had a ten game goal-scoring streak. At the end of that season he played the last nine regular season games for New York.
Jensen spent much of the 1986-87 season with the Rangers, accounting for 13 points in 37 games. The next year he slid down the team's depth chart and spent most of his time with the IHL's Colorado Rangers. A trade to the Flyers altered little for Jensen as played only 21 big-league games over the next three seasons. He remained in the minors the rest of his career before retiring in 1998. The highlight of his last few years as a pro was helping the AHL's Portland Pirates win the Calder Cup in 1994.