Hall of Famer Edward Philpott

Updated: September 25, 2014

The Gander Flyers have been back on the Newfoundland Hockey scene but one can bet they wish they had one former Flyer lacing up his skates for each game.

Former Gander Flyer forward, Edward Philpott was one of the most feared players in the Newfoundland senior hockey league that was famous for his speed and for his hockey wits.  He could skate and had a sense for the game that gave him a sixth sense while on the ice.  He could see a play developing, put the puck on his teammate’s sticks and watch as the red light went on.

Edward Philpott Newfoundland HockeyPhilpott had a great career, racking up three Herder Memorial Championships in his career, one with the Gander Flyers in 1969 and 1980, and a third with the St. John’s Blue Caps in 1978.

Known for his play making ability, Edward Philpott won the league scoring crown in the 1978-79 season, tallying a total of 126 points in just 30 games with 46 goals and 80 assists in the regular season.  In his senior career, he notched 173 goals and 286 assists for a total of 459 points in 251 career games, ranking him among some of the province’s best scorers for his career.

Philpott started his hockey career in 1960 and was offered a junior contract with the Halifax Junior Canadians and later the Toronto Maple Leafs’ farm club in Oklahoma.  However, he decided to decline these offers and pursued a career with the RCMP.  During his time stationed in Ontario, Philpott laced them up with the Galt Hornets and the Whitby Warriors.

In 2000, Edward Philpott was inducted into the Newfoundland Hockey Hall of Fame in the Athlete Category, cementing his place in Newfoundland hockey history.

* Picture courtesy Newfoundland Hockey Hall of Fame

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