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.