March 9, 1961|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 5 in (196 cm)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)|
8th overall, 1980|
Frederick Edward Arthur (born March 9, 1961) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman and doctor who played three seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Hartford Whalers and Philadelphia Flyers. He won 2 Memorial Cups with the Cornwall Royals in 1980 and 81. He was drafted in the first round, 8th overall, by the Hartford Whalers in 1980. In 1982 he retired from hockey to pursue his dreams and attend medical school. He was born in Toronto, Ontario, but grew up in Haileybury, Ontario.
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.
Arthur scored his first NHL goal on December 30, 1981 against the Edmonton Oilers in a game most memorable for Wayne Gretzky breaking Maurice Richard's mark of 50 goals in 50 games, with the Great One scoring 5 goals to hit the 50 goal mark in 39 games. Arthur's first NHL goal, the Flyers' fifth of the night, came at the 11:48 mark of the third period on the heels of a goal from teammate Paul Holmgren, putting the Flyers right back in the game at 6 to 5. Arthur's goal closed the score to one, arguably making Gretzky's record-breaking 50th goal possible as it was scored into an empty net, and the Flyers would likely not have their goaltender pulled had the Flyers been trailing by more than one.
In October 1982, the Philadelphia Flyers sent Arthur to the Maine Mariners, their American Hockey League affiliate, while recovering from an injury. Faced with the choice between a professional hockey player or the opportunity to pursue his education in medicine, 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
- "Fred Arthur NHL Fights". Dropyourgloves.com. Archived from the original on 2013-02-15. Retrieved 2013-09-02.
- Jeff Jacobs (November 29, 1990). "Leaving NHL Was Just What the Doctor Ordered". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
- "1980 NHL Entry Draft - Fred Arthur". Hockeydraftcentral.com. Retrieved 2013-09-02.
- Dan Diamond (ed.). Total Hockey. (2000).
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
| Hartford Whalers first round draft pick