1971 NHL Entry Draft Pick
Round Overall
1 7
Chuck Arnason
Selected by Montreal from Flin Flon (WCHL)
Montreal Canadiens Flin Flon Bombers
Chuck Arnason

5-foot-10, 180 pounds

Right-hand shot. Hockey News Pre-Draft Ranking: 4

Right Wing

Pre-Draft Statistics

Year Team League GP G A TP PIM
1968-69 Selkirk MJHL 34 36 37 73 --
1969-70Flin Flon WCHL 60 34 27 61 91
1970-71 Flin Flon WCHL 66 79 84 163 153

Pre-Draft Notes

Also played center. ... Led WCHL playoffs with 32 points for Flin Flon in 1970. 
Canadian • Born July 15, 1951 in Dauphin, Manitoba • Hometown: Ashern, Manitoba

Career Vitals

First contract: August 16, 1971
Debut: December 19, 1971
(Montreal at California)
Final NHL game: April 8, 1979
(Washington vs. Pittsburgh)
Retired: 1980
Stanley Cup: Never won
Numbers worn: 24, 8 (Montreal); 14 (Atlanta); 9 (Pittsburgh); 10 (Kansas City/Colorado); 26 (Cleveland);
19 (Minnesota); 19 (Washington)

Career NHL Statistics

Teams: Montreal, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Kansas City/Colorado,
Cleveland, Minnesota, Washington

Years: 1971-1979. Playoffs: 1975

Regular Season
8 years 401 109 90 199 122
Stanley Cup Playoffs
1 year 9 2 4 6 4
Complete statistics available at NHL.com 

Pre-Draft Highlights

Won WCHL Brownridge Trophy as the league's top scorer with 163 points for Flin Flon in 1970-71. ... Led WCHL with 79 goals in 1970-71. ... Led WCHL playoffs in points (37) and assists (22) with Flin Flon in 1971. ... Named to WCHL All-Star First Team with Flin Flon in 1970-71.

Career Highlights

Won AHL Calder Cup with Nova Scotia in 1972. ... Played 19 regular-season games for 1972-73 Montreal team that went on to win Stanley Cup, but was not with team during playoffs. ... Scored a career-high 26 goals for Pittsburgh in 1974-75 as one of nine Penguins to score 20 or more goals. ... Scored two goals for Pittsburgh in third period of April 8, 1975, playoff opener vs. St. Louis, bringing team back from 3-1 deficit into 3-3 tie in game it would eventually win 4-3 on goal by Pierre Larouche. Arnason scored at 3:45 and 9:57 of the third. ... Played for first Colorado Rockies team in inaugural 1976-77 after franchise relocated from Kansas City and appeared in the team's first game on Oct. 5, 1976, vs. Toronto. During that game, he had the primary assist on the first goal in team history, scored by Larry Skinner at 3:16 of the first period. ... Scored a goal eight seconds into Colorado's Jan. 28, 1977, game at Atlanta, setting what still stands as the New Jersey Devils franchise record (since tied) for the fastest goal from the start of a game. ... Played for Team Canada squad that finished fifth at Moscow's Izvestia tournament in December 1979. He had been loaned to the team by the Vancouver organization during what would prove to be his final North American pro season. ... Inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame in 1993.

Transaction History

May 29, 1973 -- Traded by Montreal with Bob Murray and NHL rights to Dale Hoganson to Atlanta in exchange for future considerations (1974 first-round pick -- Rick Chartraw, 1977 third-round pick -- Pierre Lagace, and cash). Jan. 4, 1974 -- Traded by Atlanta with Bob Paradise to Pittsburgh in exchange for Al McDonough. Jan. 9, 1976 -- Traded by Pittsburgh with Steve Durbano and 1976 first-round pick (Paul Gardner) to Kansas City in exchange for Simon Nolet, Ed Gilbert, and 1976 first-round pick (Blair Chapman). Jan. 9, 1978 -- Traded by Colorado with Rick Jodzio to Cleveland in exchange for Ralph Klassen and Fred Ahern. June 15, 1978 -- Placed on Minnesota reserve list following Minnesota-Cleveland Dispersal Draft. March 12, 1979 -- Traded by Minnesota to Washington for future considerations. April 24, 1979 -- Returned by Washington to Minnesota in exchange for cash. July 19, 1979 -- Rights sold by Minnesota to Vancouver. August 1980 -- Signed with Cologne (West Germany) as an unrestricted free agent to be player-assistant coach.

Life Outside the NHL

Full Name: Ernest Charles Arnason

Other Post-Draft Teams: Nova Scotia (AHL); Phoenix (CHL); Oklahoma City (CHL); Dallas (CHL); Cologne (West Germany)

Coaching/Management Career: Served as Cologne (West Germany) co-coach in 1980-81 and 1981-82 seasons. ... Named Selkirk (MJHL) head coach and general manager on June 1, 1982, and remained in that position until Jan. 25, 1983.

Career Beyond Hockey: Returned to Manitoba and became the manager of a nine-hole golf course and driving range called Arnason's Golf Course, which is part of Chuck Arnason's Golf and Sports Ltd., in Winnipeg after his retirement.

Family: Father of former NHL player Tyler Arnason, who was born in Oklahoma City while Chuck was playing for local CHL team.

Significant Injuries

Missed part of 1978-79 season with knee injury, suffered during Minnesota's Nov. 19, 1978, game at Buffalo. He did not return until after being sent down to Oklahoma City (CHL). ... Suffered career ending knee injury at training camp for Cologne (West Germany) in September 1980.


Selected by Chicago Cougars in 1972 WHA Draft -- the first-ever WHA Draft -- in February 1972. Had one of league's hardest shots during his playing days, clocked at almost 100 mph. Was represented by agent Bob Woolf when he entered NHL and in early part of NHL career. Was on line with Pete Mahovlich and Jacques Lemaire at  Habs' 1971 training camp.
Roomed with Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur while with Montreal as a rookie in 1971-72. Played on line with J. Bob Kelly and Pierre Larouche for Pittsburgh in 1974-75. Was member of Kansas City team that relocated to Colorado on July 15, 1976. Played on 1977-78 Cleveland team that merged with Minnesota on June 15, 1978.
First NHL player to play for five defunct teams (Atlanta, Kansas City, Colorado, and Minnesota. An avid golfer, he once had a hole-in-one during his NHL playing days.. Became active in Oldtimers hockey circuit in Manitoba after his  retirement. His hometown of Ashern, Man., posted a sign in his honor on its 100th anniversary in 2012.
Total Selected: 117
Forwards: 63
Defense: 45
Goaltenders: 9
Major Junior: 84
College Players: 19
Canadian: 107
Euro-Canadian: 2
American: 8
European: 0
Reached NHL: 50
Won Stanley Cup: 5
Hall of Fame: 3
All-Star Game: 10
Year-end All-Star: 5
Olympians: 4
Picks Traded: 18


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