Edward Charles “ED” Van Impe (Saskatoon, SK) hockey career began playing Junior with the Saskatoon Quakers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League from 1956 to 1961. Van Impe was a tough, determined player that had a keen eye for the game. Consistently displaying these abilities allowed him to become one of the ultimate defensive-defenseman of his day.
Van Impe began his minor-pro career playing a season with in Calgary before being relocated to Buffalo, where he played five seasons in the American Hockey League. Van Impe cracked the Blackhawks lineup in 1966-67, the final season of Original Six hockey, finishing as the runner up to Bobby Orr for the Calder Trophy as the National Hockey Leagues’ Rookie of the Year. Left unprotected by the Blackhawks in the Intra League Draft, Van Impe was snapped up quickly by the expansion Philadelphia Flyers who were in need of a strong blue-liner. Van Impe went on to be named Team Captain in just his second season with the Flyers franchise.
Van Impe’s forte was body contact and shot-blocking, as well as clearing opponents from the area in front of his team’s net. Van Impe was part of the notorious Broad Street Bullies that captured two Stanley Cups in 1974 and 1975. During his career, Van Impe was selected to play in the NHL All-Star game three times in the years, 1969, 1974 and 1975. Van Impe retired from hockey in 1976 as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Van Impe and was later inducted into the Philadelphia Flyers Hall of Fame in 1993. Over the course of Van Impe’s career, he would amass 27 goals, 126 assists, for 153 points, with 1,025 penalty minutes.