Fred Arthur

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Fred Arthur
Born (1961-03-06) March 6, 1961 (age 53)
Toronto, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Hartford Whalers
Philadelphia Flyers
NHL Draft 8th overall, 1980
Hartford Whalers
Playing career 1980–1982

Frederick Edward Arthur (born March 6, 1961) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman who played three seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Hartford Whalers and Philadelphia Flyers. Rather than accept a demotion to the minors in October 1982, he retired to attend medical school. He was born in Toronto, Ontario, but grew up in Haileybury, Ontario.

Playing career[edit]

Arthur begun his career by playing with the Cornwall Royals of the QMJHL. He played 4 years there, amassing 192 points in 243 games, for an average of 0.79 points per game.

He was drafted 8th overall in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft by the Hartford Whalers. For that draft, both The Hockey News and the NHL Central Scouting Bureau ranked him as the 5th best prospect available.

He missed the beginning of his first training camp with the Whalers because he had sprained his ankle. He suffered that injury while crossing a road, when he stepped in a pothole. He would play a total of 3 games for the Whalers in 1980-81, getting no points or penalty minutes.

On July 3, 1981, he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for Rick MacLeish, Blake Wesley, Don Gillen and several draft picks. Along with Arthur, Ray Allison and several draft picks were sent to the Flyers.

He then played 74 games in the 1981-82 season for the Flyers, getting 8 points and 47 penalty minutes. He had found a place with the team as a defensive defenseman, often playing with Jimmy Watson. The following season, he played in 3 games for the Flyers before retiring on October 25 to pursue a medical career.

In his career, he fought two times, against Garry Howatt and Ron Duguay. He lost both fights.[1]

Retirement[edit]

In October 1982, the Philadelphia Flyers sent Arthur to the Maine Mariners, their American Hockey League affiliate. Faced with the choice between a professional hockey player or the opportunity to pursue his education, Arthur chose the latter and retired from professional hockey.[2] He became the only NHL draft pick to choose a medical career over one in hockey.[3] He said that he thought his medical career might be risked by playing hockey. He also said that he did not really enjoy the hockey lifestyle either.

Personal[edit]

His father was an attorney while his mother was a nurse.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1977–78 Cornwall Royals QMJHL 68 2 20 22 86 9 0 1 1 7
1978–79 Cornwall Royals QMJHL 72 6 64 70 227 7 0 3 3 28
1979–80 Cornwall Royals QMJHL 67 5 70 75 105 18 2 12 14 44
1979–80 Cornwall Royals M-Cup 5 0 5 5 13
1980–81 Hartford Whalers NHL 3 0 0 0 0
1980–81 Cornwall Royals QMJHL 36 3 2 5 134 19 1 11 12 45
1980–81 Cornwall Royals M-Cup 5 0 3 3 10
1981–82 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 74 1 7 8 47 4 0 0 0 2
1982–83 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 3 0 1 1 2
NHL totals 80 1 8 9 49 4 0 0 0 2

International[edit]

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1981 Canada WJC 5 0 2 2 10
Junior int'l totals 5 0 2 2 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fred Arthur NHL Fights". Dropyourgloves.com. Retrieved 2013-09-02. 
  2. ^ Jeff Jacobs (November 29, 1990). "Leaving NHL Was Just What the Doctor Ordered". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ "1980 NHL Entry Draft - Fred Arthur". Hockeydraftcentral.com. Retrieved 2013-09-02. 
  • Dan Diamond (ed.). Total Hockey. (2000).

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Ray Allison
Hartford Whalers first round draft pick
1980
Succeeded by
Ron Francis