Jozef Adrian "Ed" Kea ( born January 19, 1948 in Weesp, The Netherlands, † September 1, 1999 in Ontario, Canada) was a Dutch- Canadian professional ice hockey player who in his playing days and from 1968 to 1983, among other things for the Atlanta Flames St. Louis Blues played in the National Hockey League. His nephew Joe Nieuwendyk was also a professional hockey player.
Ed Kea began his career as a hockey player with the Collingwood Kings, for which he was active in the 1968/69 season in the Ontario Hockey Association. Then the defender played for three years in the Eastern Hockey League for the Jersey Devils and St. Petersburg Sun. During this period he also came to five appearances for the Seattle Totems of the Eastern Hockey League. On October 6, 1972, he signed a contract as a free agent with the Atlanta Flames, for whom he made his debut in the National Hockey League in the 1973/74 season. However, in the first two years in the franchise of the Flames, he played mainly for their farm team of the Central Hockey League, the Omaha Knights and Tulsa Oilers. From 1974 to 1980, the Dutchman stood as a regular player for Atlanta in the NHL on the ice before he issued on October 10, 1979, along with Don Laurence and a second-round vote in the NHL Entry Draft in 1981 in exchange for Garry Unger in the St. Louis Blues been.
For St. Louis Kea played five seasons long in the NHL before he due to a serious head injury that he is in a game of St. Louis ' CHL farm team, the Salt Lake Golden Eagles drew upon, following the season 1982 / 83 had to end his career. His head injuries were so severe that he wore them physical and mental disabilities and was henceforth unable to work. On 1 September 1999, the former NHL player was drowned in a swimming accident at the summer residence of his family in Ontario, Canada.