Former Moose Captain and Assistant Coach Named Fifth Bench Boss in Moose HistoryJuly 5, 2006 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Manitoba Moose Press Release
Arniel, 43, becomes the fifth head coach in the 11-year history of the Moose. Last year, the Kingston, ON native spent a fourth season as an assistant coach with the Buffalo Sabres who finished fourth in the NHL's Eastern Conference in 2005-06 with a 52-24-6 record. The Sabres came within one game of advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals before dropping a decisive Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Final to the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Carolina Hurricanes. The tremendous efforts of the Buffalo coaching staff were recognized at the conclusion of the season when Sabres' Head Coach Lindy Ruff was awarded the Jack Adams Trophy as the NHL's Coach of the Year.
Arniel has an extensive history with the Moose as both a player and coach. Arniel joined the Moose in their inaugural season in 1996-97 in the International Hockey League. He spent three seasons with the franchise as a player (1996-99), including the final two as team captain. In 222 games with the Moose as a player, Arniel finished with 67 goals and 104 assists for 171 points and 233 penalty minutes. His best season with the Moose was in 1997-98 when he scored 28 goals and 70 points in 79 games. He is among the franchise leaders in numerous offensive categories, including games played (7th); goals (4th); assists (6th); points (5th); and powerplay goals (6th) with 20. He was named the team's Unsung Hero in 1997 and then named Manitoba's Most Valuable Player in 1998. Upon his retirement in 1999, Arniel remained with the Moose as an assistant coach from 2000 to 2002. During that span, the Moose compiled an overall record of 78-64-7-13.
Arniel's National Hockey League days are also closely tied to the city of Winnipeg, as the former Cornwall Royal and two-time Memorial Cup Champion was drafted in the second round, 22nd overall, in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft by the Winnipeg Jets. He played in 406 games with the Jets from 1981 to 1986 and 1990-91. During that time, he scored 80 goals and 112 assists for 192 points and 336 penalty minutes. Overall, Arniel played in 730 games in the NHL with Winnipeg, Buffalo, and Boston from 1981-1992. He scored 149 goals and 189 assists for 338 points and 599 penalty minutes.
In 555 career games in both the IHL and AHL from 1991 to 1999, Arniel scored 201 goals and 474 points while collecting 713 penalty minutes with New Haven, Maine, San Diego, Houston, Utah, and Manitoba. Arniel won a Turner Cup in 1996 while with the Utah Grizzlies. He appeared in two mid-season IHL All-Star Games and was named to the IHL's season-ending All-Star Team in three consecutive seasons from 1993 to 1996.
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