The Vancouver Canucks announced on Tuesday that Scott Arniel will become the the next head coach for the Chicago Wolves. Arniel becomes the ninth head coach for the Chicago Wolves. Arniel joins the Wolves’ coaching staff, following the exit by former head coach Craig Tavish who left the Chicago bench to pursue other opportunities. The announcement was made Canucks’ President and General Manager, Mike Gillis in conjunction with the Vancouver’s AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves.
Arniel was most recently head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets, posting a 45-60-18 record before being letting go by the struggling franchise. Arniel previously coached in the Canucks’ organization from 2006-2009, with their former AHL affiliate the Manitoba Moose. Under the leadership of Arniel, Manitoba registered forty plus wins in three seasons while compiling a 181-106-33 record.
Vancouver Canucks General Manager, Mike Gillis talked about what Scott Arniel will bring to the Chicago coaching staff.
“We are thrilled to have Scott return to our organization. He has had a large impact on the development of a number of our current roster players and we are confident he’ll again play an instrumental role in player development. Scott brings a great deal of character, experience and expertise to the head coaching position.”
The Chicago Wolves’ General Manager Wendell Young said that Arniel’s experience in both the NHL and AHL were a key part in the hire.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Scott Arniel into our organization. Scott’s experience at the National and American League level as a coach and a player, along with his background in player personnel and developing prospects, makes him an ideal person to lead this team.”