By Brian Savard,
Plattsburgh State Athletic Communications
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – For the fourth time in as many years, former Plattsburgh State men's ice hockey star Nick Jensen is representing Denmark at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. The only difference this year, however, is that Jensen, who was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, is competing at the event in front of a home crowd in Denmark.
Jensen has suited up as a defenseman on a Denmark team that is currently wrapping up round-robin play at the World Championship, and his defensive contributions helped the host nation upset Nordic powerhouse Finland, 3-2, in front of a capacity crowd of 10,800 on May 9. It marked Denmark's first win over Finland at the World Championship since 2010.
He holds the distinction of being the lone NCAA Division III alumnus at this year's championship, but his success internationally after college is not a surprise to Plattsburgh State head men's ice hockey coach Bob Emery, who coached Jensen during his four years in Cardinal Country.
"I am really happy for Nick, mostly because he worked so hard," Emery says. "As a coach, you always stress that hard work will lead to success, and Nick's success is clearly a result of his hard work."
From 2010-11 to 2013-14, Jensen competed at Plattsburgh State, scoring 26 goals and adding 42 assists for 68 career points across 95 games played. He was a Third-Team CCM/American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) All-American in 2013-14, and he helped the Cardinals win the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) championship in 2010-11 and 2011-12.
Emery remembers Jensen fondly as a blue-collar player whose grit and determination helped contribute to the team's success.
"As a player at Plattsburgh State, Nick was an extremely hard worker who always put forth his best effort on and off the ice as well as the weight room," Emery says. "He was the strongest 'on-the-puck' player I have ever coached; I can't remember him ever losing a one-on-one battle for the puck. Once transformed as a defenseman (he arrived as a forward), he became an immediate all-star, moving pucks north, winning one-on-one battles and shutting down the opponent."
Making one World Championship roster would be an impressive accomplishment in its own right. Making four, however, is a separate feat altogether, one that shows how talented Jensen is and how well he stacks up with the best hockey players in Denmark. Emery has an immense amount of pride knowing that a Plattsburgh State and Division III alumnus is representing his country on a global stage.
"It is always a plus when your former players reach any amount of success on or off the ice," Emery says. "I am proud of Nick, and I am proud of the fact that he played here in Cardinal Country! He should be proud of himself because he has earned it."
Jensen will lace the skates back up again after the championship when he continues his professional playing career in Germany during the 2018-19 season. He will enter his second year as a defenseman on the Fischtown Pinguins of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL).
Plattsburgh's Jensen Suiting Up At Worlds For Fourth Time
By Brian Savard,