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Scott Arniel
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Born September 17, 1962 (1962-09-17) (age 54)
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
Played for NHL
Winnipeg Jets
Buffalo Sabres
Boston Bruins
AHL
New Haven Nighthawks
Maine Mariners
IHL
San Diego Gulls
Houston Aeros
Utah Grizzlies
Manitoba Moose
NHL Draft 22nd overall, 1981
Winnipeg Jets
Playing career 1981–1999

Scott Arniel (born Scott William Arniel on September 17, 1962) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player and currently the associate coach of the National Hockey League's New York Rangers.

Previously, he was the head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Playing CareerEdit

Junior Playing CareerEdit

After entering the major junior ranks with the Kingston Canadians of the Ontario Major Junior Hockey League (OMJHL) in 1978–79, Scott switched to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League the next season to join the Cornwall Royals.

He played a pivotal role in the club's 1981 Memorial Cup championship with a hat trick in an 8–2 win over the Kitchener Rangers on May 10, 1981.

Professional Playing CareerEdit

That off-season, Scott was selected by the Winnipeg Jets 22nd overall in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft and immediately began playing for the team, making his NHL debut in 1981–82, appearing in 17 games.

However, he was returned to junior with the Royals, who had been realigned in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), later that season.

The reassignment to junior gave Scott the opportunity to play at the 1982 World Junior Championships, helping Team Canada to their first-ever gold medal at the tournament.

In 1982–83, Scott joined the Jets full-time and recorded 18 points in his rookie season. He went on to play five seasons in his initial stint with the Jets, including a career-high 56-point campaign with the team in 1983–84.

He joined the Buffalo Sabres in 1986–87, going on to play four seasons with Buffalo, before returning to the Jets in 1990–91.

After splitting the 1991–92 season between the Boston Bruins and the New Haven Nighthawks and Maine Mariners of the American Hockey League (AHL), Scott played the remainder of his career in the minor leagues, spending time with the San Diego Gulls, Houston Aeros, Utah Grizzlies and Manitoba Moose of the International Hockey League (IHL).

He retired following the 1998–99 season.

Coaching CareerEdit

Scott began his coaching career as an assistant coach in 1995 while still playing for the Houston Aeros of the IHL as a mid-season replacement.

After retiring as a player in 1999, he joined the coaching staff of the Manitoba Moose as an assistant. Scott held that position for three years until 2002, when he was named to the Buffalo Sabres' coaching staff as an assistant.

After four years with the Sabres, he returned to the Moose as their new head coach when he was hired by their parent club, the Vancouver Canucks.

Scott led the team to the league's best regular season record in 2008–09 and a berth in the Calder Cup finals, earning him the Louis A. R. Pieri Memorial Award as coach of the year.

Scott returned to the NHL as a head coach in 2010, when he was hired by the Columbus Blue Jackets. He replaced interim coach Claude Noel, who coincidentally was hired as his replacement in Manitoba.

After only half a season behind the Blue Jackets' bench, Scott was fired in January of 2012.

In June of 2012, the Canucks rehired Scott to coach the Chicago Wolves, their new AHL affiliate.

In the summer of 2013, he left the Canucks organization, along with head coach Alain Vigneault to join the New York Rangers.

Career StatisticsEdit

Playing careerEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1978–79 Kingston Canadians OMJHL 3 0 1 1 0
1979–80 Cornwall Royals QMJHL 61 22 28 50 51 18 6 6 12 22
1980–81 Cornwall Royals QMJHL 68 52 71 123 102 19 14 19 33 24
1981–82 Cornwall Royals OHL 24 18 26 44 43
1981–82 Winnipeg Jets NHL 17 1 8 9 14 3 0 0 0 0
1982–83 Winnipeg Jets NHL 75 13 5 18 46 2 0 0 0 0
1983–84 Winnipeg Jets NHL 80 21 35 56 68 2 0 0 0 5
1984–85 Winnipeg Jets NHL 79 22 22 44 81 8 1 2 3 9
1985–86 Winnipeg Jets NHL 80 18 25 43 40 3 0 0 0 12
1986–87 Buffalo Sabres NHL 63 11 14 25 59
1987–88 Buffalo Sabres NHL 73 17 23 40 61 6 0 1 1 5
1988–89 Buffalo Sabres NHL 80 18 23 41 46 5 1 0 1 4
1989–90 Buffalo Sabres NHL 79 18 14 32 77 5 1 0 1 4
1990–91 Winnipeg Jets NHL 75 5 17 22 87
1991–92 Boston Bruins NHL 29 5 3 8 20
1991–92 Maine Mariners AHL 14 4 4 8 8
1991–92 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 11 3 3 6 10
1992–93 San Diego Gulls IHL 79 35 48 83 116 14 6 5 11 16
1993–94 San Diego Gulls IHL 79 34 43 77 121 7 6 3 9 24
1994–95 Houston Aeros IHL 72 37 40 77 102 4 1 0 1 10
1995–96 Houston Aeros IHL 64 18 28 46 94
1995–96 Utah Grizzlies IHL 14 3 3 6 29 22 10 7 17 28
1996–97 Manitoba Moose IHL 73 23 27 50 67
1997–98 Manitoba Moose IHL 79 28 42 70 84 3 1 0 1 10
1998–99 Manitoba Moose IHL 70 16 35 51 82 5 1 2 3 0
OMJHL/OHL totals 24 18 26 44 43 3 0 1 1 0
QMJHL totals 129 74 99 173 153 37 20 25 45 46
IHL totals 530 194 266 460 695 55 25 17 42 88
AHL totals 25 7 7 14 18
NHL totals 730 149 189 338 599 34 3 3 6 39

Coaching RecordEdit

NHL coaching statisticsEdit

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L OTL Pts Finish Result
CBJ2010–11 82343513814th in CentralMissed Playoffs
CBJ2011-12 4111255(65)5th in CentralFired mid-season
Total 123456018108 Pts.

AHL coaching statisticsEdit

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L OTL Pts Finish Result
MTB2006–07 804523121021st in NorthLost in second round
MTB2007–08 8046277993rd in NorthLost in first round
MTB2008–09 80502371071st in NorthLost Calder Cup Finals
MTB2009–10 8040337874th in NorthLost in first round
CHI2012–13 7637309834th in MidwestDid not qualify
Total2006–13 39621813642478----

AccoladesEdit

  • Kingston and District Sports Hall of Fame (inducted on May 2, 2008).
  • Louis A. R. Pieri Memorial Award (AHL coach of the year) (2009)

Personal LifeEdit

Scott has a nephew, Jamie Arniel, who has been drafted into the NHL by the Boston Bruins and plays for the Berlin Polar Bears of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) in Germany.

He is married to Lia Arniel, they have two children and make their home in Winnipeg.

On May 2, 2008, Scott was inducted into the Kingston and District Sports Hall of Fame.

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