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RON CHIPPERFIELD

#7

Center

Born 03/28/1954

Brandon, MB

Height: 5' 11"

Weight: 186 lbs

Shoots: Right

          Selected by Vancouver (WHA) in 1974 WHA Amateur Draft, June 1974.

          Rights traded to Philadelphia by California for George Pesut, December 11, 1974.

          Transferred to Calgary (WHA) after Vancouver (WHA) franchise relocated, May 7, 1975.

          Signed as a free agent by Edmonton (WHA) after Calgary (WHA) franchise folded, May 31, 1977.

          Rights retained by Edmonton prior to Expansion Draft, June 9, 1979.

          Traded to Quebec by Edmonton for Ron Low, March 11, 1980.

 

 OILERS' STATS:

 SEASON:

LEAGUE

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

 1977-78

WHA

80

33

52

85

48

 1980-81

"

55

32

37

69

47

 TOTALS:

WHA

135

65

89

154

95

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 SEASON:

LEAGUE

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

 1979-80

NHL

67

18

19

37

24

 TOTALS:

NHL

67

18

19

37

24

 

 

After a four year run with his hometown Wheat Kings, including one year where he was named the teams MVP, Ron Chipperfield joined the World Hockey Association's Vancouver Blazers despite being a 2nd round draft pick of the NHL's California Seals. Chipperfield, a center with the colorful nickname "The Magnificent Seven", spent a year with the Blazers before moving on the Calgary Cowboys for two seasons, then a three year run with the Edmonton Oilers.

 

By his third season with the Oilers, the NHL and the WHA had merged, with the National Hockey League absorbing four WHA franchises, including the Oilers. Chipperfield made his NHL debut in 1979 serving as the Oilers first NHL captain, and went on to score 22 goals and 45 points that season. In March of that season the Oilers traded Chipperfield to the Quebec Nordiques, another WHA survivor, for goaltender Ron Low.

 

Chipperfield played just four contests with the Nordiques the following year, and 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.