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, as Manitoba Junior Champions.
Chapman then played for the Winnipeg Falcons in 1924-25 season, then joined the Port Arthur Hockey Club (also known as the Port Arthur Seniors, Ports or Bearcats) in 1925 and played with their team for the 1925-26 season, winning the 1926 Scotland Woolen Mills Trophy, S.P.A. Trophy and the 1926 Allan Cup Championship. Chapman also played in Port Arthur during the 1926-27 season.
Chapman then turned pro with the Springfield Indians of the Canadian–American Hockey League / Can-Am in 1927-28 season, scoring 14 goals, 5 assists in his 1st pro season.
Chapman was traded to the Can-Am Providence Reds on October 18, 1928, and would play in Providence for 2 seasons, helping them win the 1930 Henri Fontaine Trophy / Fontaine Cup as Can-Am champions.
Chapman was claimed by the Boston Bruins from Providence in the Inter-League Draft, May 13, 1929, but was allowed to stay with the Reds for the 1929-30 season.
Chapman began his NHL career at the start of the 1930-31 season with the Boston Bruins, and played in 44 games, scoring 7 goals, 7 assists.
In his second year with the Bruins, Chapman increased his production, scoring 11 goals and 25 points in 48 games. He played another 1 1/2 seasons in Boston before being traded to the New York Americans with Bob Gracie for Lloyd Gross and George Patterson on January 11, 1934.
Chapman was paired with Sweeney Schriner and Lorne Carr for the 1934-35 season, scoring 9 goals, a league leading 34 assists for 43 points, and finished 6th in NHL scoring. he was the set up man for Schriner and Carr for their goals.
Chapman was voted to the 1937 NHL All-Star Team despite his team's last place finish during the 1936-37 season. The All Star game was actually the Howie Morenz Memorial Game at the Montreal Forum on November 2, 1937. The NHL All-Stars defeated the Montreal All-Stars (Canadiens & Maroons) 6-5, with Chapman picking up 1 assist in the game.
Chapman began to fade in the 1937-38 season, but the New York Americans had depth that year and finished second in the Canadian Division. The Americans pulled a big upset, beating their powerful rivals, the New York Rangers, with 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. Chapman played his final NHL season in the 1939-40 season.
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 American Hockey League / AHL. He played one last game with the Bisons at the start of the 1943-44 season 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 championships 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.