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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.

Ron Chipperfield
Born (1954-03-28) March 28, 1954 (age 65)
Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 186 lb (84 kg; 13 st 4 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Right
Played for Vancouver Blazers
Calgary Cowboys
Edmonton Oilers
Quebec Nordiques
NHL Draft 17th overall, 1974
California Seals
WHA Draft 20th overall, 1974
Vancouver Blazers
Playing career 1974–1984

Playing careerEdit

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,[1] 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

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1969–70 Dauphin Kings MJHL 34 39 40 79 18
1969–70 Dauphin Kings M-Cup 6 3 1 4 0
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
1974–75 Vancouver Blazers WHA 78 19 20 39 30
1975-76 Calgary Cowboys WHA 75 42 41 83 32 10 5 4 9 6
1976–77 Calgary Cowboys WHA 81 27 27 54 32
1977–78 Edmonton Oilers WHA 80 33 52 85 48 5 1 1 2 0
1978–79 Edmonton Oilers WHA 55 32 37 69 47 13 9 10 19 8
1979–80 Edmonton Oilers NHL 67 18 19 37 24
1979–80 Quebec Nordiques NHL 12 4 4 8 8
1980–81 Rochester Americans AHL 6 3 2 5 6
1980–81 Quebec Nordiques NHL 4 0 1 1 2
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
WHA Totals 369 153 177 330 189 28 15 15 30 14
NHL Totals 83 22 24 46 34
Serie A Totals 84 175 132 307 108 11 14 16 30 18

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Chipperfield, Ron | Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame". mbhockeyhalloffame.ca. Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 19 January 2019.

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