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March 6, 1961 |
Lennoxville, QC, CAN
|Height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)|
|Played for||Hartford Whalers
|NHL Draft||8th overall, 1980
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 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 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. He became the only NHL draft pick to choose a medical career over one in hockey. 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.
His father was an attorney while his mother was a nurse.
Regular season and playoffs
|Junior int'l totals||5||0||2||2||10|
- Jeff Jacobs (November 29, 1990). "Leaving NHL Was Just What the Doctor Ordered". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
- Dan Diamond (ed.). Total Hockey. (2000).
- Fred Arthur's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Fred Arthur at Hockey-Reference.com
- Fred Arthur's biography at Legends of Hockey
- Fred Arthur's player profile at NHL.com
|Hartford Whalers first round draft pick