Steve Jensen Obituary News – Cause of Death: Owner and director of Heartland Hockey Camps, Steve Jensen Dies At 67.
American professional ice hockey player and owner and director of Heartland Hockey Camps, Steve Jensen died at the age of 67 on Tuesday, November 29, 2022.
Jensen was an offensive player who appeared in 438 games in the National Hockey League from 1976–82. For the past 27 years, Jensen has served as founding owner and director of the Heartland Hockey Camp located in Deerwood, Minnesota. He was a full-time teaching professional with more than 30 years of instruction experience, including 12 years of experience playing International and NHL hockey, five U.S. National Teams, and the 1976 Canada Cup.
Jensen started his professional career in his hometown with the Minnesota North Stars and in 1977, he helped make history, the Minnesota North Stars becoming the first team in NHL to have four rookies score 20 or more goals. He then played four years with the Los Angeles Kings, where he became only the fifth American in NHL history to score more than 100 career goals.
Steve also had extensive experience in international hockey. As a member of the 1976 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team, he led the team in goal scoring with 52 goals. During the 1976 Olympic Games, in Innsbruck, Austria, Steve was tied with Russia’s Vladimir Shadrin, with six goals in six games, to lead the tournament in goals scored. During the 1976 World Ice Hockey Championships, in Katowice three months after the Olympics, Poland, Jensen led Team USA in scoring with four goals and five assists in nine games. Jensen was also on the preliminary roster of the 1979 Team USA World Championship, in Vienna, Austria and 1981 Canada Cup teams, but declined the invitation in order to operate his summer hockey camp business. Jensen did play for the U.S. National Team, winning the Pool B 1983 Ice_Hockey World Championships, in Tokyo, Japan.