Rick Chartraw

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Rick Chartraw
Born (1954-07-13) July 13, 1954 (age 60)
Caracas, VEN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Defense
Played for Montreal Canadiens
Los Angeles Kings
New York Rangers
Edmonton Oilers
National team  United States
NHL Draft 10th overall, 1974
Montreal Canadiens
WHA Draft 35th overall, 1974
San Diego Mariners
Playing career 1974–1993

Raymond Richard Chartraw (born July 13, 1954 in Caracas, Venezuela) is a retired American professional ice hockey defenseman who played 420 games in the National Hockey League between 1974 and 1984. Selected tenth overall in the 1974 NHL Entry Draft, he was the first American drafted in the first round.

Chartraw was born in Caracas, Venezuela while his American father was employed there as an engineer.[1] The family moved back to the United States when Rick was three, and he grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania. He learned to play hockey there (he was also a promising golf player) before moving to Canada as a teenager to play junior hockey for the Kitchener Rangers.

Hockey career[edit]

Rick started his National Hockey League career with the Montreal Canadiens in 1975. He spent seven years in Montreal before being traded to the Los Angeles Kings. Later, he would play for the New York Rangers and Edmonton Oilers. He won four Stanley Cups with the Habs (1976 to 1979) and one with the Oilers (1984). He only played 24 games, and 1 playoff game in 1984 for Edmonton, so he did not qualify for engravement on the Stanley Cup. He also played for Team USA in the 1976 Canada Cup.

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Preceded by
Doug Risebrough
Montreal Canadiens first round draft pick
1974
Succeeded by
Mario Tremblay