Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ed Kea
Ed Kea was born in Weesp, Holland but his family of fourteen relocated to Collingwood, Ontario when he was just four years old. In Canada he was exposed to the game of hockey and took to it very well. Kea never played Junior hockey, nor did he play collegiate hockey but he managed to turn professional in 1969 nonetheless. After two years with the Jersey Devils, and stops with the Seattle Totems and the St. Petersburg Suns, he was signed as a free agent by the Atlanta Flames in 1972.

The defenseman made his NHL during the 1973-74 season when he played three games for the Flames, but he was a regular the following season. Kea spent the next five seasons playing his solid, steady game on the Flames blue line before being dealt just prior to the 1979-80 season.

Kea was traded to St. Louis along with Don Laurence and a second round draft pick in exchange for Garry Unger.

With the Blues Kea played three and half seasons before being sent to the minors. During the 1982-83 season St. Louis shipped him to their farm team in Salt Lake. Unfortunately, while toiling for the Salt Lake Golden Eagles tragedy struck. Kea hit his head on the ice during a game and suffered severe head trauma and was left handicapped as a result. Though a series of operations saved his life, Kea's hockey career was obviously over and he retired and spent time with his wife and children.

Sadly, this wouldn't be the only tragedy for Ed Kea and his family. In September 1999 Kea drowned at his family cottage. Kea was just 51 years old.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1967-68 Collingwood Legionnaires OHA-C
1967-68 Collingwood Kings OHA-Sr. 2 0 1 1 0
1968-69 Collingwood Legionnaires OHA-C
1968-69 Collingwood Kings OHA-Sr. 8 0 1 1 4
1969-70 Jersey Devils EHL 52 4 18 22 130
1970-71 Seattle Totems WHL 5 0 0 0 2
1970-71 Jersey Devils EHL 74 8 26 34 148
1971-72 St. Petersburg Suns EHL 63 10 39 49 107 6 2 2 4 20
1972-73 Omaha Knights CHL 68 10 22 32 145 11 3 3 6 10
1973-74 Atlanta Flames NHL 3 0 2 2 0 +2
1973-74 Tulsa Oilers CHL 51 6 17 23 38
1973-74 Omaha Knights CHL 7 2 1 3 13
1974-75 Atlanta Flames NHL 50 1 9 10 39 +7
1974-75 Omaha Knights CHL 21 6 6 12 26
1975-76 Atlanta Flames NHL 78 8 19 27 101 +21 2 0 0 0 7
1976-77 Atlanta Flames NHL 72 4 21 25 63 0 3 0 1 1 2
1977-78 Atlanta Flames NHL 60 3 23 26 40 +25 1 0 0 0 0
1978-79 Atlanta Flames NHL 53 6 18 24 40 -2 2 0 0 0 0
1978-79 Tulsa Oilers CHL 2 0 3 3 0
1979-80 St. Louis Blues NHL 69 3 16 19 79 +9 3 0 0 0 2
1980-81 St. Louis Blues NHL 74 3 18 21 60 +15 11 1 2 3 12
1981-82 St. Louis Blues NHL 78 2 14 16 62 +19 10 1 1 2 16
1982-83 St. Louis Blues NHL 46 0 5 5 24 -7
1982-83 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 9 1 4 5 10
NHL Totals 583 30 145 175 508 32 2 4 6 39


CHL Second All-Star Team (1974) Signed as a free agent by Atlanta, October 6, 1972. Traded to St. Louis by Atlanta with Don Laurence and Atlanta's 2nd round choice (Hakan Nordin) in 1981 Entry Draft for Garry Unger, October 10, 1979.
Suffered career-ending concussion in game vs. Tulsa (CHL), March 9, 1983.