Tuesday, June 28, 2011

REGINA PAT ALUMNI

EARL INGARFIELD Sr.

By: Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston - Earl Ingarfield retired from hockey in 1971 and stayed involved with the game. He went on to coach the Regina Pats for one season only, during 1971-72 in the (WCJHL) and became the League coach of the year. That same year, Earl coached the best ever Regina Pats "Rookie Line" of Denis Sobchuk, Mike Wanchuk and Clark Gillies.

The following year he became a scout for the NHL New York Islanders. Halfway through that Islanders season, the coach was let go and Earl had the chance to coach the club to then end of the season, after which he returned to scouting for the Islanders once again. He then went on and became the director of player personnel. (Photo: Ron "Scoreboard: Johnston - Collection)

He also Coached and was the Owner of the Lethbridge Junior Team, a team which he played back in the 1950's with the Native Sons. In 1955 Earl was a pick-up by the Regina Pats for the Memorial Cup Series and played two games.

Earl's son Earl Jr. played 26 games with the Regina Pats during the 1976-77 season. He enjoyed a professional hockey career, but was nowhere near as successful. He scored 4 goals and 4 assists in 39 career NHL games.

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By Permission: Taken from Joe Pelletier - WebSite - Greatest Hockey Legends

Throughout the 1960's, the highlights for the New York Rangers and their fans were few and far between. However one player who everyone appreciated was Earl Ingarfield.

Earl was definitely not considered to be a star hockey player by most standards, but rather a spirited and determined journeyman who did his job very well although virtually unnoticed. Only three times did the underrated Earl score more than 20 goals, yet he was known for his graceful skating and a booming shot.

After completing junior hockey for his hometown Lethbridge Native Sons, Earl turned pro in 1954, playing just two games for Vancouver of the WHL. However he soon put together 3 successful years under his belt and earned a trial with the New York Rangers in 1958. For the first two years in NY he saw little ice time, but by 1960 the soft spoken Earl made the team permanently, notching 13 goals in 66 games.

The following season, he enjoyed his best season as a pro, scoring 26 goals, 31 assists and 57 points while playing a full 70 game schedule.

Earl often played center with Andy Bathgate on the right side and Dean Prentice on the left. The 1962 playoffs against Toronto really defined Earl's career. With Earl in the lineup the Rangers were on the verge of upsetting the heavily favored Leafs. However Earl got knocked out of the series with a serious injury. The result was disastrous for the Rangers, who ended up losing the series. New York newspapers quickly immortalized Earl by criticizing the Rangers play minus Earl.

Earl remained on Broadway until the beginning of 1967-68. The Pittsburgh Penguins took the veteran forward in the first ever expansion draft. Earl played a year and a half in "Steeltown" before a trade to the west coast. Earl eventually finished his career in usual anonymity in Oakland, but did in 54 games have a 21 goal, 45 point year in 1969. He retired in 1971.