BostonBruins.com -- Jamie Arniel
recorded 12:26 of ice time in his first NHL game on Sunday, November 28 when the Boston Bruins faced the Atlanta Thrashers at Philips Arena.
“It was definitely very exciting,” said Arniel, who was recalled on an emergency basis on Saturday, November 27. “As a kid, you dream of playing in the NHL and last night was the first taste I had of that. It was definitely one of the biggest nights of my life so far.”
The Kingston, Ontario native began his professional career in Providence during the 2008-09 season after his fourth season in the Ontario Hockey League.
Before being drafted to Boston in 2008, he posted an offensive career-high 68 points, on 32 goals and 36 assists in 63 games in his final season for the Sarnia Sting.
In Providence this season, Arniel leads the team in points and goals with nine goals and 16 points in 19 games.
What is the biggest difference in levels for this young forward?
“The NHL is a lot more structured, and the guys are that much better,” he said. “They‟re bigger, faster, stronger, so you‟ve got to be at your best every shift, and you can‟t take any shifts off because the puck will end up in your own net.”
Sunday night‟s game was the second time this season that Arniel had been called up to Boston, although he was a healthy scratch during his first recall on November 9.
“Just always be ready [to go up],” said Arniel. “Be consistent night in and night out. Just work hard and try to play your best every night.
“If you do that, you‟ll get noticed and they‟ll want you up here.”
Arniel cites his uncle and role model, Scott Arniel, who played 730 NHL games with Winnipeg, Buffalo and Boston (for 29 games in 1991-92) and now coaches for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
“There was always that little bit of motivation in the back of my mind saying, „If he did it, I could do it too,‟” Jamie said of his uncle. “That was definitely a big help for me in pushing to be a hockey player.”