The Kingston, Ont., native compiled a 218-136-21-21 record in five seasons as head coach in the American Hockey League with the Chicago Wolves and the Manitoba Moose. Arniel guided the Moose to the Calder Cup Final in 2009 after posting franchise records with 50 wins and 107 points to finish atop the AHL standings. Arniel captured the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award that season as the AHL Coach of the Year. Arniel also served as an assistant coach with the Buffalo Sabres (2002-2006) and with the Manitoba Moose (1999-2002).
Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Arniel won two Memorial Cup Championships with the Cornwall Royals in the QMJHL and won a gold medal in the 1982 World Junior Championship, Canada's first-ever gold medal in the tournament. Arniel appeared in 730 NHL games with the Winnipeg Jets (1981-86; 1990-91), Buffalo Sabres (1986-90), and Boston Bruins (1991-92), registering 338 points (149g, 189a) in 11 seasons. Arniel was originally selected by Winnipeg in the second round, 22nd overall, in the 1981 Entry Draft.
Arniel and his wife, Lia, have a son, Brendan, and a daughter, Stephanie.