Earl Ingarfield, Jr. was a skilled two-way centre in junior whose potential never came to fruition in the NHL. The son of a 13-year NHL veteran, Ingarfield grew up with hockey in his native New York City's metro league. Being a western Canadian, his father encouraged Earl Jr. to hone his skills in the same league he did two decades earlier.
Ingarfield, Jr. was a top scorer with good speed for the Swift Current Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League before moving on to the Regina Pats of the Western Canada Junior circuit. He ended up starring with the Lethbridge Broncos in his father's hometown. Ingarfield, Jr. notched 138 points in two seasons but was not selected at the 1979 Entry Draft. His career was given new life when he was signed as a free agent by the Atlanta Flames at the start of the 1979-80 season.
Ingarfield spent most of his first pro season with the Birmingham Bulls of the CHL but adjusted well with 27 goals. When the parent franchise relocated to Calgary the next season, he was on hand and played 16 games before he was sent to Detroit for speedy forward Dan Labraaten. After playing the last 22 games of the 1980-81 season, Ingarfield spent two years in the AHL, took two years off, then played in the minors until the end of the 1986-87 season.