|6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
190 lb (86 kg)
St. Louis Blues
|Nationality||Dutch & Canadian|
|Born||January 19, 1948,|
|Died||August 31 1999 (aged 51),|
|Pro Career||1969 – 1983|
He was playing for the Blues' Central Hockey League affiliate in Salt Lake City in 1983 when he suffered severe head trauma when he fell and hit his head on the ice during a game. The injury left him physically and mentally disabled. Because he was playing in a minor league game, National Hockey League benefits for catastrophic injuries did not apply to his case, and he and his family struggled financially for several years because he was unable to hold a job.
On September 1, 1999, Kea accidentally drowned in the swimming pool of his family's summer home in Ontario, Canada. He was 51.
Kea was the first Dutch-born player to score a point in the NHL. He played in 583 games and scored 30 goals and 145 assists.