Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Richie Hansen
Centre Ritchie Hansen played a few NHL games with the New York Islander and St. Louis Blues in the 70s and 80s. His offensive production was more noteworthy in junior and the Central League.

The native of the Bronx, New York first drew attention to himself when he led the NYMHL with 52 assists in 30 games for the Brooklyn Metros in 1971-72. He then joined the OHA's Sudbury Wolves where he notched 73 goals in three seasons before he was chosen 119th overall by the New York Islanders in 1975.

Hansen adjusted well to the pros by scoring 40 goals for the Erie Blades of the NAHL in 1975-76. Over the next three years he played with the Isles' top farm club, the Fort Worth Texans of the CHL. Hansen dressed for 18 games in New York but was chiefly a farmhand on one of the NHL's deepest teams. In 1978, Hansen scored 78 points in 72 games for Fort Worth and was named to the CHL second all-star team.

In 1981-82, Hansen made a two-game re-appearance in the NHL with the St. Louis Blues but continued to play most of his hockey in the CHL. That same year he led the CHL in assists as a member of the Salt Lake Golden Eagles. Hansen retired in 1984 after recording 56 points in 63 games for Salt Lake.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1971-72 Brooklyn Metros NYJHL 30 19 52 71 47
1972-73 Sudbury Wolves OHA-Jr. 39 13 21 34 26 4 0 2 2 0
1973-74 Sudbury Wolves OHA-Jr. 62 34 47 81 31 4 0 1 1 2
1974-75 Sudbury Wolves OMJHL 69 26 46 72 28 15 4 13 17 10
1975-76 Erie Blades NAPro 74 40 41 81 51
1975-76 Muskegon Mohawks IHL 1 1 2 3 2
1976-77 New York Islanders NHL 4 1 0 1 0 -1
1976-77 Fort Worth Texans CHL 74 30 47 77 32 6 0 3 3 4
1977-78 New York Islanders NHL 2 0 0 0 0 0
1977-78 Fort Worth Texans CHL 67 25 53 78 36 14 7 11 18 2
1978-79 New York Islanders NHL 12 1 6 7 4 +9
1978-79 Fort Worth Texans CHL 20 4 8 12 4 5 1 0 1 0
1979-80 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 79 27 48 75 31 13 6 8 14 4
1980-81 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 72 27 51 78 43 17 5 18 23 19
1981-82 St. Louis Blues NHL 2 0 2 2 0 +2
1981-82 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 78 29 81 110 52 10 1 9 10 0
1982-83 Wichita Wind CHL 70 17 43 60 12
1983-84 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 63 24 32 56 22 5 0 0 0 2
NHL Totals 20 2 8 10 4


CHL Second All-Star Team (1978) Transferred to Minnesota by NY Islanders as compensation for NY Islander's signing of free agent Jean Potvin, June 10, 1979. Traded to St. Louis by Minnesota with Bryan Maxwell for St. Louis' 2nd round choice (later traded to Calgary - Calgary selected Dave Reierson) in 1982 Entry Draft, June 10, 1979. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, July 30, 1983.