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CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS VS COLORADO AVALANCHE
Colorado Avalanche center Tyler Arnason (L) scores in the second period against Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Jassen Cullimore (R) at Pepsi Center in Denver October 16, 2006. (UPI Photo/Gary C. Caskey)
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Tyler Arnason (born March 16, 1979, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is a professional ice hockey center for the Colorado Avalanche in the National Hockey League who has also played for the Chicago Blackhawks and Ottawa Senators.

Arnason is the son of former NHL winger Chuck Arnason. He was born in Oklahoma City, but was raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba and attended St. John's-Ravenscourt School. As a member of the Minnesota North Stars, his father Chuck was playing for their Oklahoma City affiliate at the time of Tyler's birth. Tyler was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. In his first professional season, Tyler started out with the Blackhawks but due to poor conditioning spent most of the year with affiliate the Norfolk Admirals. Arnason was impressive in the AHL however, selected in the All-Star game for PlanetUSA. Arnason was also awarded the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award as the league's top rookie.

In the 2002–03 season, his first full season in the NHL, Arnason played in the NHL Youngstars Game 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.

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