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Tyler Arnason

Drafted by Chicago Blackhawks 7th round (#183) in 1998 NHL Entry Draft

Playing careerEdit

Arnason was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. In his first professional season, Arnason started out with the Blackhawks but due to poor conditioning spent most of the year with affiliate the Norfolk Admirals.[1] He was impressive in the AHL however, selected in the All-Star game for PlanetUSA.[2] Arnason was also awarded the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award as the league's top rookie.[3]

In the 2002–03 season, his first full season in the NHL, Arnason played in the NHL Youngstars Game[4] and was named in the All-Rookie team. During the 02-03 season, Arnason recorded his first career NHL hat trick, scoring all three Chicago goals in a 3-3 tie at San Jose on December 28. His best season was in 2003–04 when he amassed 55 points. While playing with Chicago he was part of the "ABC" line with two other young forwards, Mark Bell and Kyle Calder.

In the very early morning of January 21, 2003 Arnason was involved in an off-ice incident. Arnason, Phil Housley and Theoren Fleury were leaving the Pure Platinum strip club in Columbus, Ohio when Fleury punched the club's manager in the face. Housley and Arnason had to step in to prevent Fleury from being beaten to death by the bouncers.[5]

On March 9, 2006, he was traded to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Brandon Bochenski and a second-round pick.[6] In the nineteen games he played for Ottawa in the regular season, he registered four assists and failed to score a goal. He was a healthy scratch in the playoffs. The Senators chose not to give him a qualifying offer, so he became an unrestricted free agent.

On July 1, 2006, Arnason signed a one-year deal with the Colorado Avalanche.[7] His dad also played in Colorado as a member of the Colorado Rockies hockey team. Arnason enjoyed a return to form by posting 49 points for the Avalanche in the 2006–07 season. He was consequently awarded a two-year extension by the Avalanche on June 22, 2007.[8][9]

On July 3, 2009, Arnason signed a one-year two-way contract with the New York Rangers for the 2009–10 season.[10] On September 17, 2009, Arnason failed to the make the Rangers out of training camp and was assigned to affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, for the beginning of the season.[11] On November 10, 2009, without the ambition to play in the AHL he was suspended by the Rangers and released from his contract to sign with the European team Dinamo Riga of the Kontinental Hockey League.[12] Following a difficult transition and recording only 11 points in 26 games, Tyler's contract was not renewed by Riga at seasons end.[13]

Returning to North America, as a free agent, he accepted a tryout invitation to attend the Florida Panthers training camp for the 2010–11 season.[14] Subsequently released from the Panthers during the preseason, Arnason then initially accepted another invite to his local American Hockey League club the Manitoba Moose, affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks, before electing to not report to camp on September 27, 2010.[15][16] Arnason then accepted a contract to return to Europe, signing with Swiss team EHC Biel of the NLA on October 14, 2010.[17]

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996-97 Winnipeg South Blues MJHL 50 35 50 85 15 6 3 3 6 18
1997-98 Fargo-Moorhead Ice Sharks USHL 52 37 45 82 16 4 1 1 2 2
1998-99 St. Cloud State Huskies WCHA 38 14 17 31 16
1999-00 St. Cloud State Huskies WCHA 39 19 30 49 18
2000-01 St. Cloud State Huskies WCHA 41 28 28 56 14
2001-02 Norfolk Admirals AHL 60 26 30 56 42 -- -- -- -- --
Chicago Blackhawks NHL 21 3 1 4 4 3 0 0 0 0
2002-03 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 82 19 20 39 20 -- -- -- -- --
2003-04 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 82 22 33 55 16 -- -- -- -- --
2004-05 Brynäs IF SEL 4 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2005-06 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 60 13 28 41 40 -- -- -- -- --
Ottawa Senators NHL 19 0 4 4 4 -- -- -- -- --
2006-07 Colorado Avalanche NHL 82 16 33 49 26 -- -- -- -- --
United States WC 7 1 3 4 0 -- -- -- -- --
2007-08 Colorado Avalanche NHL 70 10 21 31 16 10 2 3 5 2
2008-09 Colorado Avalanche NHL 71 5 17 22 14 -- -- -- -- --
2009-10 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 11 0 3 3 2 -- -- -- -- --
Dinamo Riga KHL 26 4 7 11 6 3 0 1 1 0
2010-11 EHC Biel NLA 9 5 5 10 0 -- -- -- -- --
EHC Visp NLB 1 1 0 1 0 -- -- -- -- --
Blues Espoo SM-liiga 8 0 4 4 0 -- -- -- -- --
2011-12 Texas Stars AHL 7 1 0 1 0 -- -- -- -- --
NHL Totals 487 88 157 245 140 13 2 3 5 2

Awards & Achievements Edit

Career MovesEdit

  • Signed as a free agent by Gavle (Sweden), October 29, 2004.
  • Traded to Ottawa by Chicago for Brandon Bochenski and Ottawa's 2nd round choice in 2006 Entry Draft, March 9, 2006.
  • Signed as a free agent by Colorado, July 1, 2006.
  • Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, July 3, 2009.
  • Signed as a free agent by Riga (KHL), November 10, 2009.
  • Signed as a free agent by Biel-Bienne (Swiss), October 14, 2010.
  • Signed as a free agent by Espoo (Finland), January 31, 2011.

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