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John Arthur Chapman - Born May 29, 1905 in Winnipeg, Manitoba – Died December 31, 1962 in Los Angeles, California was a Canadian ice Hockey centre and coach.

Chapman played his junior Hockey in Winnipeg, playing for the University of Manitoba in the 1922-23 season, and then joining the Winnipeg Tammany Tigers for the 1923-24 season, winning the Turnbull Cup in 1924.

Chapman then played for the Winnipeg Falcons in 1924, then joined the Port Arthur Bearcats in 1925 and played with their Allan Cup championship team in 1926.

Chapman turned pro with the Springfield Indians of the Canadian–American Hockey League in 1927, then joined the Providence Reds for 2 seasons starting in 1928.

Chapman was then claimed by the Boston Bruins from Providence (Can-Am) in the Inter-League Draft, May 13, 1929, and played in 44 NHL games during his first year, scoring seven goals and 14 points.

In his second year with the Bruins, Chapman increased his production, scoring eleven goals and 25 points in 48 games. He played another year-and-a-half in Boston before being traded to the New York Americans with Bob Gracie for Lloyd Gross and George Patterson on January 11, 1934, and then was paired with Sweeney Schriner and Lorne Carr.

Chapman finished 6th in NHL scoring with 9 goals, a league-leading 34 assists for 43 points in 1934-35, as he was the set up man for Schriner and Carr for their goals.

In 1936-37, Chapman made the second all-star team despite his team's last place finish, and played in the second All-Star game in NHL history in 1937.

Chapman began to fade in 1937-38, but the NY Americans had depth that year and finished second in the Canadian Division and pulled a big upset, beating their powerful rivals, the New York Rangers, in a classic overtime goal Carr scored to win the series. The New York Americans almost beat Chicago in the next round, but fell in the third and deciding game.

When Schriner was traded to Toronto, Chapman and Carr played with Harvey Jackson, where he played his final NHL season in 1939-40

Chapman did not return to professional Hockey for three years due to the allied war effort. He returned in 1942-43, suiting up for 45 games with the Buffalo Bisons of the AHL. He played one last game with the Bisons in 1943-44 before retiring.

Chapman went on to pursue a career in coaching, first coaching the Buffalo Bisons in the AHL from 1943 to 1945, winning the F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy in 1943 and the Calder Cup championship in 1943 and 1944.

Chapman then coached the Vancouver Canucks of the Western Hockey League from 1952 to 1961, winning the Lester Patrick Cup Championship as Western Hockey League champions in 1958 and 1960.

Art Chapman is a “Honoured Member” of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame - Inducted in 1986.


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