This is Ron Chipperfield. If you subscribed to the Hockey News 1970-74 you know he was among the most famous junior hockey players of that era. Chipperfield was an impact offensive talent in junior for the Brandon Wheat Kings (although he went to the Memorial Cup as a member of the Dauphin Kings, spring 1970) and scored goals seemingly at will before turning pro.
He was drafted by the California Seals but signed with Jim Pattison and the Vancouver Blazer (WHA). I always wondered why the HOCKEY NEWS rated him #1 overall for the 1974 draft but he went 17th. The story at the time was that teams were afraid he’d sign with the WHA (they called it “jumped to the WHA”, did that in every news story for many years) and he ultimately did sign with them but in hindsight the reason he went 17th probably had to do with his skating and the fact that underagers were part of the 1974 Entry Draft.
“Seemingly at will” does not apply to tonight’s goal total in regard to the Edmonton Oilers. As hockey opponents go, the Minnesota Wild are tiresome. If they score the first goal I usually go to the book shelf in my house and grab a little light reading. Beating the Minnesota Wild after being down 1-0 is a mountain, beating them after being down 2-0 would probably bring the apocalypse. Being down 3-0 and then scoring 5 unanswered goals would be the kind of thing a strong Stanley contender might do.
I’ll be hoping for a powerplay goal, expecting Garon to play in goal and Grebeshkov should be in the pressbox. Betting on Edmonton to win this game is folly.