Ronald James "Ron" Chipperfield (born March 28, 1954) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player who served as the Edmonton Oilers' first NHL captain. He played for the Oilers in both the World Hockey Association (WHA) and the National Hockey League (NHL), as well as the Vancouver Blazers and the Calgary Cowboys of the WHA, and the Quebec Nordiques of the NHL. Chipperfield was born in Brandon, Manitoba.
March 28, 1954|
Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||186 lb (84 kg; 13 st 4 lb)|
17th overall, 1974|
20th overall, 1974|
Chipperfield started his junior career in 1969–70 with the Dauphin Kings of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL), leading the league in scoring. The Kings won the MJHL championship and advanced to the western Memorial Cup semi final before bowing out. Next he spent four years with Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Canadian Hockey League (WCHL), where he set numerous team and league records. His most successful year there was his last, 1973–74, when he scored 90 goals, setting a league record at the time, won the scoring title, and was named league MVP.
Chipperfield was drafted in 1974 by the California Golden Seals in the first round, 17th overall, of the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft, and in the second round, 20th overall of the 1974 WHA Amateur Draft by the Vancouver Blazers. He joined the Blazers, spending a year with the team before it moved to Calgary and became the Calgary Cowboys. Chipperfield played two seasons for the Cowboys, then a three-year run with the Edmonton Oilers. By his third season with the team, the Oilers had joined the National Hockey League. Chipperfield made his NHL debut in 1979 and went on to score 22 goals and 45 points that season. In March of that season the Oilers traded him to the Quebec Nordiques for goaltender Ron Low, a former teammate in Dauphin. Chipperfield played just four games with the Nordiques the following year, and then took his skills to Italy in 1981. That season he scored a league-leading 78 goals and 128 points in just 39 games. His final three seasons were spent there playing for HC Bolzano.
Awards and achievementsEdit
|1970–71||Brandon Wheat Kings||WCJHL||64||40||43||83||62||—||—||—||—||—|
|1971–72||Brandon Wheat Kings||WCJHL||63||59||53||112||29||11||8||5||13||0|
|1972–73||Brandon Wheat Kings||WCJHL||59||72||41||113||63||6||1||3||4||2|
|1973–74||Brandon Wheat Kings||WCJHL||66||90||72||162||82||—||—||—||—||—|
|1981–82||HC Bozen||Serie A||30||78||50||128||40||6||10||8||18||10|
|1982–83||HC Bozen||Serie A||32||78||58||136||54||—||—||—||—||—|
|1983–84||HC Bozen||Serie A||22||19||24||43||14||5||4||8||12||8|
|Serie A Totals||84||175||132||307||108||11||14||16||30||18|
- "Chipperfield, Ron | Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame". mbhockeyhalloffame.ca. Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
- Profile at hockeydraftcentral.com
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
- Ron Chipperfield's biography at Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame
| Edmonton Oilers captain