Owner and DirectorSteven Allan Jensen (born April 14, 1955 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is a former professional ice hockey player. Steve was a clever offensive player who appeared in 438 games in the National Hockey League from 1976-82. For the past 32 years, Steve has served as founding owner & director of the prestigious Heartland Hockey Camp http://www.heartlandhockey.com located in Deerwood, Minnesota.
Steve is now a full time teaching professional with over 32 years of instruction experience, including 12 years of experience playing International and NHL hockey, 5 U.S. National Teams, and the 1976 Canada Cup. As a hockey player, at Armstrong High School, in Plymouth, Minnesota, Steve was an All-State performer. At the college level, he was a participant in 2 NCAA championship games, helping win the National Championship, in 1975, while playing at Michigan Tech University. For two consecutive years, Steve was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team. As a freshman at MTU, Steve was honored with the Matovich Top Student/Athlete Award.
Steve started his professional career in his hometown with the Minnesota North Stars and in 1977, he helped make history, as the Minnesota North Stars were the first team in NHL to have four rookies score 20 or more goals. Then, he played four years with the Los Angeles Kings, where he became only the 5th American in NHL history to score more than 100 career goals. During the 1980-81 & 1981-82 NHL seasons, Steve was the active leading goal scoring American in the NHL. Steve also has 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 6 goals in 6 games, to lead the tournament in goals scored. In 1983, Steve was a valuable member of the U.S. National Team, winning the World Ice Hockey Championship, in Tokyo, Japan.
Steve also spent 4 seasons playing & coaching in the professional leagues of Switzerland & Austria. During the 1983-84 Swiss season, while playing for EVZ in Zug, Steve became the only hockey player in Swiss history to score 7 goals in a pro game. During his two seasons, as a player in Switzerland, Steve had 61 goals in 56 games. During the 1976 World Ice Hockey Championship, in Katowice, Poland, Steve led Team USA in scoring with 4 goals & 5 assists in 9 games. Steve 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.
1984 Austrian League, Head Coach for GSV in Graz, Austria
1985 Austrian League, Head Coach for ATSE in Graz, Austria
1992 Jr. B USA Hockey National Runners-up, Head Coach Heartland Winterhawks
1993 USA Hockey Festival Champions, Assistant Coach of Team West
2005 ACHA National Championship Runners-up, Head Coach FGCU
2006 1 st Head Coach in ACHA history to lead a # 16 seed to victory over # 1 seed
2007 Led FGCU to their 4th consecutive ACHA National Tournament appearance
2007 Led all coaches in the college hockey ranks with 34 wins at FGCU
2008 Tier 1, USA Hockey UI8 State Champions, Coach of Everblades
2008 Tier 1, USA Hockey SE Regional Championship Runners-up, Coach of Everblades
2008 Tier 1, USA Hockey, Over 50 National Champions, Head Coach
2009 Tier 1, USA Hockey, Over 50 National Championship Runners-up, Head Coach
2010 Tier 1, USA Hockey, Over 50 National Champions, Head Coach 2014 Tier 1, USA Hockey, Over 50 National Champions, Head Coach 2015 Tier 1, USA Hockey, Over 50 National Champions, Head Coach
Steve also served USA Hockey for 17 years as a certified hockey official. From 1985-98, Steve officiated over 1,500 USA youth hockey games.
Steve also currently serves as the Head Scout, of the USA Hockey SE Region, for the Aberdeen Wings, a member of the North American Hockey League.
Steve was the first Minnesota-born hockey player to attend Michigan Tech on a scholarship.
Steve worked for CBS Sports, as a color commentator, during the 1976 Stanley Cup playoffs.
Steve had a brief appearance in the motion picture Airplane II, released in 1981.
In 1985, Steve became the first entrepreneur to privately own an ice arena in the state of Minnesota
The Heartland Hockey Camp, which Steve founded in 1985, was named Small Business Success Story, by Twin Cities Business Magazine, in 2009.