Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Darren Jensen
Darren Jensen was a talented goalkeeper who played briefly with the Philadelphia Flyers in the mid-1980s. His career might have lasted longer but he was in the unenviable position of being the forgotten man sandwiched between the career and tragic death of Pelle Lindbergh and the emerging of Ron Hextall.

The native of Creston, B.C., enjoyed four excellent years with the University of North Dakota between 1979 and 1983. Following his freshman year, he was chosen 92nd overall by the Hartford Whalers in the NHL Entry Draft. In 1982 he helped the Fighting Sioux win the NCAA championship and was selected to the tournament all-star team.

Jensen spent his first pro season with the IHL's Fort Wayne Komets in 1983-84 and led the league with a 2.92 goals against average and four shutouts. At the end of the season he was voted to league's first all-star team, was presented the James Norris Memorial Trophy for allowing the fewest goals in the league, was the recipient of the Garry F. Longman Memorial Award as the top rookie in the "I", and was the winner of the James Gatschene Memorial Trophy as the league's most valuable player.

Jensen played one game for the Flyers in 1984-85 but was sent down to Hershey of three AHL to share the goaltending responsibilities with Mike Bloski. Following the tragic death of Pelle Lindbergh, Jensen was pressed into service after Bob Froese pulled a groin in practice. On November 14, 1985, Jensen faced the defending Stanley Cup champion Edmonton Oilers in a game that featured a lengthy pre-game ceremony in Lindbergh's honour. In 29 appearances Jensen posted a 15-9-1 record and two shutouts and became a sentimental fan favourite at the Spectrum.

Prior to the trading deadline in 1986, the Flyers acquired veteran Chico Resch and shipped Jensen to the minors. The young netminder showed his mettle by helping the Hershey Bears reach the Calder Cup finals. Following that NHL season, he and Froese shared the William M. Jennings trophy for allowing the fewest goals in the league. Jensen spent the rest of his career in the minors after Ron Hextall burst on to the NHL scene in 1986-87.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1977-78 Penticton Vees BCJHL 29 22 7 0 0 4.60
1978-79 Penticton Vees BCJHL 42 16 21 1 0 5.33
1979-80 University of North Dakota WCHA 15 1 2.22
1980-81 University of North Dakota WCHA 25 0 4.37
1981-82 University of North Dakota WCHA 16 1 2.97
1982-83 University of North Dakota WCHA 16 0 2.98
1983-84 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 56 40 12 3 4 2.92 6 2 4 0 0 3.52
1984-85 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 1 0 1 0 0 7.00
1984-85 Hershey Bears AHL 39 12 20 6 1 3.98
1985-86 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 29 15 9 1 2 3.68
1985-86 Hershey Bears AHL 14 11 1 1 1 2.87 7 5 1 0 0 3.12
1986-87 Hershey Bears AHL 60 26 26 0 0 3.76 4 1 2 0 0 4.43
1987-88 Fredericton Express AHL 42 18 19 4 0 3.86 12 7 5 0 0 3.36
1988-89 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 11 7 2 0 0 3.89
NHL Totals 30 15 10 1 2 3.81


NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (1982)
IHL First All-Star Team (1984)
James Norris Memorial Trophy (fewest goals against - IHL) (1984)
Garry F. Longman Memorial Trophy (Rookie of the Year - IHL) (1984)
James Gatschene Memorial Trophy (MVP - IHL) (1984)
William M. Jennings Trophy (1986) (shared with Bob Froese)
Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, May 1, 1984. Traded to Vancouver by Philadelphia with Daryl Stanley for Wendell Young and Vancouver's 3rd round choice (Kimbi Daniels) in 1990 Entry Draft, August 31, 1987.