Art Chapman had a ten-year NHL career beginning in 1930-31 with the Boston Bruins. He played in 44 games that year, scoring seven goals and 14 points. He had turned pro three years earlier, honing his skills in the CAHL with Springfield and Providence.
In his second year with the Bruins, Chapman increased his production, scoring eleven goals and 25 points in 48 games. He played another year-and-a-half in Boston before being sent to New York to play for the Americans. Chapman played a little over six years in New York. His best offensive season was in 1935-36 when he scored ten goals and 38 points. In 1939-40, Chapman played his final NHL season.
During his career, he had often been chided for playing too defensively, but Chapman would give his standard reply "If you can stop them from scoring, you'll get a goal in time."
Chapman did not return to professional hockey for three years due to the allied war effort. He returned in 192-43, suiting up for 45 games with the Buffalo Bisons of the AHL. He played one last game with the Bisons in 1943-44 before retiring.
Chapman went on to pursue a career in coaching, first coaching the Buffalo Bisons in the AHL before leading the Vancouver Canucks of the Western Hockey League for nine years. Chapman was general manager of the Dunn-Edwards Western Show Corp., which promoted shows at Long Beach arena until his death in 1962 at the age of 56.