|Arniel brings 13 years of professional coaching experience to the Rangers’ bench, which includes serving as Head Coach for the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets for 123 games.
The Kingston, Ontario native joins the Rangers after spending one season as Head Coach of the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Chicago Wolves, where he posted a 37-30-5-4 record. He has compiled a 218-136-21-21 record for a .604 winning percentage as a head coach in the AHL, including four seasons with the Manitoba Moose from 2006-07 to 2009-10. In 2008-09, Arniel guided the Moose to the Calder Cup Finals after posting franchise records with 50 wins and 107 points to finish atop the AHL standings. He captured the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award that season as the AHL coach of the year.
Arniel previously served as an Assistant Coach with the Buffalo Sabres from 2002-03 to 2005-06, and with Manitoba from 2000-01 to 2001-02.
|Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Arniel appeared in 730 NHL games as a player with the Winnipeg Jets (1981-86; 1990-91), Buffalo Sabres (1986-90), and Boston Bruins (1991-92), registering 149 goals and 189 assists for 338 points in 11 seasons. The left winger was originally selected by Winnipeg in the second round, 22nd overall, in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft.
Arniel also recorded 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in 25 AHL games with the Maine Mariners and New Haven Nighthawks in 1991-92, and 460 points (194 goals, 266 assists) in 530 International Hockey League contests with the San Diego Gulls (1992-94), Houston Aeros (1994-96), Utah Grizzlies (1995-96), and Manitoba Moose (1997-99). He split the 1995-96 season with Houston and Utah, beginning the campaign as a player/assistant coach with the Aeros. He went on to win the 1996 Turner Cup with the Grizzlies.