Last time, we took a look at the career of Mel Angelstad. Today, we take a look at another Washington Capitals player who didn’t spend much time with the Capitals: right wing Chuck Arnason. Arnason played six season in the NHL, but only spent 13 games with the Capitals.
Chuck Arnason’s Pre-Capitals Career
Chuck Arnason was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the first round (seventh overall pick) of the 1971 NHL Amateur draft.Aranson would spend just two seasons in Montreal, playing in just 36 games. In those 36 games, Arnason scored five points (four goals, one assist). In 1973, Arnason was traded to Atlanta by Montreal for Atlanta’s 1st round choice in the 1974 Amateur Draft.
Chuck Arnason would spend 33 games with the Atlanta Flames, scoring 13 points (seven goals, six assists) and accumulating 13 penalty minutes. He would be traded from Atlanta to the Pittsburgh Penguins with Bob Paradise for Al McDonough in January of 1974.
Chuck Arnason spent three seasons with the Penguins. Over those three seasons, Arnason played in 149 games. He scored 86 points (46 goals, 40 assists) with the Penguins while accumulating 50 penalty minutes. In January of 1976, Arnason was traded to the Kansas City Scouts by Pittsburgh with Steve Durbano and Pittsburgh’s 1st round choice (Paul Gardner) in the 1976 Amateur Draft for Simon Nolet, Ed Gilbert and Kansas City’s 1st round choice (Blair Chapman) in the 1976 Amateur Draft. He played in 39 games with the Scouts, scoring 24 points (14 goals, 10 assists). He was transferred to Colorado when the Scouts relocated.
With Colorado, Chuck Arnason played in 90 games. He scored 35 points (17 goals, 18 assists) and accumulated 20 penalty minutes. In January of 1978, Arnason was once again traded, this time to Cleveland, along with Rick Jodzio, for Ralph Klassen and Fred Ahern.
Arnason would spent just 40 games with Cleveland. He scored 34 points (21 goals, 13 assists). He was assigned to the Minnesota North Stars before being traded to the Washington Capitals in March of 1979.
Chuck Arnason’s Washington Capitals Career
Chuck Aranson’s Washington Capitals career was a very short one, as he only played 13 games with them before being traded back to Minnesota. In those 13 games he spent with the Washington Capitals, Arnason had two assists and four penalty minutes. In April of 1979, he was traded back to Minnesota for cash.
Post-Washington Capitals Career
After appearing in 13 games with the Washington Capitals in 1979, Chuck Arnason would appear in one more NHL game with the Minnesota North Stars. In July of 1979, he was traded to Vancouver for cash. In September of 1980, Arnason suffered a career-ending knee injury in training camp.
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