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Ron Chipperfield (born March 28, 1954) the Minnedosa, Manitoba native is a retired professional ice hockey player who served as the Edmonton Oilers' first NHL captain. He played for the Oilers in both the World Hockey Association and the National Hockey League, as well as the Vancouver Blazers and the Calgary Cowboys of the WHA, and the Quebec Nordiques of the NHL.

Ron started his junior career in 1969–70 with the Dauphin Kings of MJHL, leading the league in scoring. The Kings won the MJHL championship and advance to the western Memorial Cup semi final before bowing out. Next was four years with Brandon Wheat Kings of WCHL, where Ron set numerous team and league records. His most successful year was his last, 1973–74, when he scored 90 goals a league record at the time, won the scoring title, and was named league MVP. Ron still holds the WHL record for career points at 470.

Drafted in 1974 by both the California Golden Seals of the NHL in the 1st round, 17th overall and 49th overall by the Vancouver Blazers of the WHA. Ron joined the Blazers, spending a year with the Blazers before the team moved to Calgary and became the Cowboys. Ron played two seasons for the Cowboys, 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 Oilers joining 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 Chipperfield to the Quebec Nordiques, for goaltender Ron Low, a former teammate in Dauphin. Chipperfield played just four contests 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 achievements

  • MJHL Co-Goal Scoring Leader (1970)
  • Turnbull Cup MJHL Championship (1970)
  • WCHL First All-Star Team (1974)
  • WCHL Scoring Champion (1974)
  • WCHL MVP (1974)
  • “Honoured Member” of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame

Career statistics

                                            --- Regular Season ---  ---- Playoffs ----
Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM
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1969-70  Dauphin Kings               MJHL   34   39   40   79   18  --  --  --  --  --
1970-71  Brandon Wheat Kings         WCHL   64   40   43   83   62  --  --  --  --  --
1971-72  Brandon Wheat Kings         WCHL   63   59   53  112   29  --  --  --  --  --
1972-73  Brandon Wheat Kings         WCHL   59   72   41  113   63  --  --  --  --  --
1973-74  Brandon Wheat Kings         WCHL   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  Bozen                       Italy  30   78   50  128   40
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         WHA Totals                        369  153  177  330  189  28  15  15  30  14
         NHL Totals                         83   22   24   46   34

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Preceded by
Paul Shmyr
Edmonton Oilers captains
1979–80
Succeeded by
Blair MacDonald
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