Maine Hockey Journal

Chris Jensen named to Pirates Hall of Fame

The Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League announced today that Chris Jensen will be the 13th member of the Portland Pirates Hall of Fame, presented by Unum.

Jenson, who secured the honor through an on-line and in arena fan vote, will be inducted on Saturday, March 27th when the Pirates face-off against the Springfield Falcons at 7 p.m. at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

“It’s a big honor and I don’t know how else to put it,” Jensen said when informed of his selection. “When I was told I was being considered I went on line and checked out the list of Hall of Fame members. I played with a lot of the guys that are already in and with the names that I saw, I know I’m in great company. Being selected into the Pirates Hall of Fame is more of a surprise than anything else. It’s an unexpected and a great honor. I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about my playing days very often but when I do, Portland is always my favorite.”

Jensen brought his veteran leadership, his imposing slap shot and superior passing skills to the inaugural Pirates season and was instrumental in the team’s 1994 Calder Cup victory by scoring 16 points in 16 playoff games. In two seasons with the Pirates (1993-94 and 1994-95), Jensen collected 68 goals and 70 assists for 138 points in 123 games. His 68 goals are the seventh most in franchise history. The now 46 year-old was originally selected 78th overall by the New York Rangers in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft and went on to play 74 NHL games with the Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers registering 21 points.

“We are pleased to welcome Chris as the 13th member of the Pirates Hall of Fame, presented by Unum” said Pirates Managing Owner/CEO Brian Petrovek. “He enjoyed a lengthy professional career, two outstanding seasons in Portland and was a key component in leading the Pirates to the Calder Cup Championship in 1993-94 and as a result of his accomplishments, is a great addition to our family of Hall of Famers.”

Jensen, who works for an excavation company taking care of heavy equipment, currently lives in Minneapolis/St. Paul with his wife, Shannon, and two sons Jordan and Kyle.

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