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Canucks extend Manitoba Moose head coach Scott Arniel

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks
Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that the Canucks have agreed to a contract extension with Manitoba Moose Head Coach Scott Arniel. The Moose are the American Hockey League affiliate for the Canucks.

“Scott has done an outstanding job with our top prospects that are playing in Winnipeg,” said Gillis. “He and his staff prepare our young players for the challenges of the NHL and we are thrilled that he will continue to teach and develop our future Canucks this upcoming season.”

Arniel now enters his fourth season as Head Coach of the Moose after guiding the team to their most successful season in franchise history. In 2008-09, the Moose set a number franchise records including the most wins in the regular season (50) and the most road wins (25), while tying the franchise mark for the most home wins in one season (25). The Moose finished first overall in the entire American Hockey League for the first time ever with a record of 50-23-1-6 for 107 points. Arniel himself was subsequently named the winner of the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as the league’s outstanding coach for 2008-09. The Moose continued their success in the Calder Cup playoffs by capturing the North Division title with series victories over Toronto and Grand Rapids, as well as their first-ever Western Conference crown and a berth in the Calder Cup Finals after a series win over the Houston Aeros.

In three seasons under Arniel, the Moose have won over 45 games each season and compiled a record of 141-73-8-18 in 240 games and earned two North Division regular season titles (2006-07 & 2008-09). In each of the past two seasons, the Moose have used over 50 different players in their line-up, including 51 last season – the second-most of any team in the AHL – as well as 14 players who have seen action in the NHL at some point in their careers.

Arniel has an extensive history with the Moose as both a player and coach prior to re-joining the team in 2006. He joined the Moose in their inaugural season in 1996-97 in the International Hockey League and 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. 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. In 2002, Arniel joined the Buffalo Sabres as an assistant coach where he spent six seasons.
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