Scott Arniel enters his first season with the Chicago Wolves after being named the ninth head coach in franchise history on June 26.
The 49-year-old Arniel brings 12 years of professional coaching experience to Chicago’s bench, which includes 123 games of National Hockey League experience as head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets. He posted a 45-60-18 record behind the Blue Jackets bench before parting ways with Columbus on Jan. 9, 2012.
The Kingston, Ontario, native compiled a 181-106-16-17 record and .617 winning percentage as an American Hockey League head coach with the now-defunct Manitoba Moose from 2006-10. He led Manitoba to an appearance in the 2009 Calder Cup Finals and was awarded the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award that season as the league’s coach of the year.
Arniel also served as an assistant coach with the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres (2002-04; 2005-06), and with Manitoba (2000-02) before becoming a head coach.
A veteran of 730 NHL contests as a player with the Winnipeg Jets (1981-86; 1990-91), Buffalo Sabres (1986-1990), and Boston Bruins (1991-92), Arniel registered 149 goals, 189 assists, and 338 points in 11 seasons.
He also posted 14 points (7G, 7A) in 25 career AHL tilts with the Maine Mariners and New Haven Nighthawks in 1991-92 and tallied 460 points (194G, 266A) in 530 International Hockey League outings with the San Diego Gulls (1992-94), Houston Aeros (1994-96), Utah Grizzlies (1995-96) and Manitoba (1996-99). He won the 1996 Turner Cup as a member of Utah.