Dave Chartier was selected in the tenth round, 191st overall by the Winnipeg Jets in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. Many in NHL circles were in agreement that Chartier may have been selected higher in the draft, if not for his diminutive stature. At just 5'9" and 170 pounds, it was thought he may not be able to withstand the rigors of the NHL. However, being chosen so low in the draft also brings along a stigma which is often hard to shake. Often lower round draft picks must do much more to prove their worth in the big leagues.
Chartier played as if he had a chip on his shoulder as well. During his rookie season with the Brandon Wheat Kings he turned in a decent offensive performance, scoring 26 points in 48 games. The following year he responded with 68 points in 69 games with his penalty minutes ballooning to a team-high 285. During his final year of junior with the Wheat Kings in 1980-81, Chartier had a spectacular offensive campaign, scoring 64 goals and 124 points while sticking with the hard-nosed style of play, spending 295 minutes in the penalty box. If not for teammate Carl Mokasak's 363 minutes in the sin bin, Chartier would have had the distinction of leading the team in scoring and penalty minutes that year.
In 1980-81, Chartier played his one and only game in the NHL with the Winnipeg Jets. He spent two years playing with the Tulsa Oilers of the CHL before moving on to the Sherbrooke Jets of the AHL, retiring from pro hockey after the 1983-84 season.