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.