Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Chuck Arnason
Arnason played his junior hockey in Flin Flon in the WHL, scoring a league leading 79 goals in junior in 1970-71. From there his career declined. He was drafted 7th overall by Montreal the same year the Habs chose Guy Lafleur number one (1970), but Arnason played only bits and pieces with the Habs between 1971 and 1973 and he was traded to Atlanta for a 1st-round draft choice.

But Arnason played only half a season with the Flames before going to Pittsburgh, and the following year, his first full season, he had an excellent year. He skated on the right side with Pierre Larouche and Bob Kelly. That was good for 26 goals, but the coaches wanted him to work on defence. The Rifleman had the shot but not the commitment in his own end, and this spelled trade with the Pens.

Off to Kansas City, Colorado, then Cleveland, Minnesota, and finally Washington, all the lower-placed teams in the league. Incredibly, he scored 21 goals with Cleveland in 1977-78 despite playing just 40 games, but his reward was a trade to the North Stars. In 1980 he went to Germany to play, but he suffered a career-ending knee injury at training camp. Despite playing 401 NHL games, he appeared in only nine playoff games, the result of playing for so many poor teams during his NHL career.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1968-69 Selkirk Fishermen CMJHL
1969-70 Flin Flon Bombers WCJHL 60 34 27 61 91 17 14 18 32 38
1970-71 Flin Flon Bombers WCJHL 66 79 84 163 153 17 15 22 37 30
1971-72 Montreal Canadiens NHL 17 3 0 3 4 -1
1971-72 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 58 30 24 54 33 15 7 6 13 6
1972-73 Montreal Canadiens NHL 19 1 1 2 2 -1
1972-73 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 38 18 20 38 4 13 5 10 15 16
1973-74 Atlanta Flames NHL 33 7 6 13 13 +1
1973-74 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 41 13 5 18 4 -2
1974-75 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 78 26 32 58 32 0 9 2 4 6 4
1975-76 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 30 7 3 10 14 -4
1975-76 Kansas City Scouts NHL 39 14 10 24 21 -35
1976-77 Colorado Rockies NHL 61 13 10 23 10 -23
1977-78 Colorado Rockies NHL 29 4 8 12 10 -3
1977-78 Phoenix Roadrunners CHL 6 3 3 6 4
1977-78 Cleveland Barons NHL 40 21 13 34 8 -2
1978-79 Minnesota North Stars NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1978-79 Oklahoma City Stars CHL 60 24 22 46 42
1978-79 Washington Capitals NHL 13 0 2 2 4 -1
1979-80 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 68 15 17 32 28
1980-81 Kolner EC W.German 16 5 7 12 10
NHL Totals 401 109 90 199 122 9 2 4 6 4


WCJHL First All-Star Team (1971) Traded to Atlanta by Montreal for Atlanta's 1st round choice (Rick Chartraw) in 1974 Amateur Draft, May 29, 1973. Traded to Pittsburgh by Atlanta with Bob Paradise for Al McDonough, January 4, 1974. Traded to Kansas City by Pittsburgh with Steve Durbano and Pittsburgh's 1st round choice (Paul Gardner) in 1976 Amateur Draft for Simon Nolet, Ed Gilbert and Kansas City's 1st round choice (Blair Chapman) in 1976 Amateur Draft, January 9, 1976. Transferred to Colorado after Kansas City franchise relocated, July 15, 1976. Traded to Cleveland by Colorado with Rick Jodzio for Ralph Klassen and Fred Ahern, January 9, 1978. Placed on Minnesota Reserve List after Minnesota-Cleveland Dispersal Draft, June 15, 1978. Traded to Washington by Minnesota for future considerations, March 12, 1979. Traded to Minnesota by Washington for cash, April 24, 1979. Traded to Vancouver by Minnesota for cash, July 19, 1979.
Suffered eventual career-ending knee injury in training camp, September, 1980.