Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Arniel gets the call from NHL

Leaves Moose to become Blue Jackets' bench boss

  • Print


Scott Arniel, who has left his imprint on the Manitoba hockey scene as a player, captain, assistant coach and head coach, is leaving Winnipeg again, this time to become head coach of the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets.

The 47-year-old Arniel, who has coached the Manitoba Moose for the past four seasons, will be named today at a press conference in the Ohio capital as the team's newest head coach.

"No comment, will call you (Tuesday) for sure," was all Arniel would offer in the form of a text message. The Moose gave no comment as well when news began to break Monday that Arniel had been offered the job.

The Kingston, Ont., native first came to Winnipeg as a draft pick of the Winnipeg Jets and after joining the team in 1981 has made the city his home on and off -- but mostly on -- for the last 30 years.

Arniel was an original Moose and a captain of the club before moving behind the bench as an assistant under Randy Carlyle. The two-time Memorial Cup champion joined Lindy Ruff's staff in the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres before returning to Winnipeg as the head man with the Moose.

During four seasons leading the AHL's Moose, Arniel compiled a 141-72-8-18 mark while taking the team to the Calder Cup final in the spring of 2009 and also being named the league's coach of the year.

The Blue Jackets fired Ken Hitchcock in mid-season and Claude Noel stepped in on an interim basis. Arniel, along with Noel, Kevin Dineen and Hamilton Bulldogs coach Guy Boucher were all interviewed and Boucher was offered the job first. He declined and Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson turned to Arniel.

The Blue Jackets were not offering official comment on Monday night but Noel was reached by the Free Press when cleaning out the head coach's office at Nationwide Arena.

"I hear there's a press conference here (Tuesday)," Noel said with a laugh. "I have a lot of respect for Scottie Arniel and I really like him. He deserves to walk into an office that's his and not one with all my stuff."

Noel will shoot to the top of any Moose coaching candidates list put together by general manager Craig Heisinger.

Noel has worked at many levels and won a Calder Cup coaching the Milwaukee Admirals in 2004.

"Winnipeg is a job I would have interest in for many reasons," said Noel. "It's a great market and I have respect for both the Moose and Vancouver Canucks organizations. I have great respect for Craig Heisinger. When I was in Milwaukee I came across him all the time. I'd be looking in the ECHL for depth guys and we'd always be after the same players. I'm going to take some time and look around and see what's available, but one thing is for sure, I won't be afraid to go back to coach in the American Hockey League."

Moose assistant coach Keith McCambridge will also be a candidate after he stepped in and impressed both Moose and Canucks brass with his work ethic and hockey intellect.

The Moose head coach is a Canucks employee and Vancouver has a major say in any hiring, but Heisinger will also play a key role in this choice.


Scott Arniel

AGE: 47

NHL teams: 3 (Winnipeg, Buffalo, Boston)

IHL teams: 4 (San Diego, Utah, Houston, Manitoba)

NHL games: 730

NHL goals: 149

Coaching jobs: 4 (player-assistant with Houston, assistant with Manitoba and Buffalo, head coach in Manitoba)

Head coaching wins: 181

Major awards: 5 (two Memorial Cups as a junior in Cornwall, gold medal with Canada at world junior championship, Turner Cup with Utah Grizzlies and coach of the year with the Moose.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 8, 2010 C1

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes


  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.


Make text: Larger | Smaller


Winnipeg Cheapskate: Flyer app can save you money

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • A monarch butterfly looks for nectar in Mexican sunflowers at Winnipeg's Assiniboine Park Monday afternoon-Monarch butterflys start their annual migration usually in late August with the first sign of frost- Standup photo– August 22, 2011   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • A group of Horese pose for the camera in the early evening light at Southcreek Stables in Stl Norbert Wednessday. Sept  14, 2011 (RUTH BONNEVILLE) / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos


What are your feelings on NHL potentially implementing 3-on-3 overtime?

View Results

Ads by Google