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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Scott Arniel

(Born September 17, 1962) -- The city of Winnipeg probably can claim Scott Arniel as one of its favorite hockey sons, as he’s been closely associated with it for much of his career. Buffalo is right behind Winnipeg in his rankings.

Arniel was born in Kingston, Ont., and started his junior hockey career there. But he jumped to the Cornwall Royals, where he and Dale Hawerchuk helped that team win a Memorial Cup in 1981.

The two players joined the Jets the following season. Arniel stayed there through 1986, and then it was on to Buffalo in a trade for Gilles Hamel. Arniel stayed for four seasons, and was a solid enough regular during that time. Then he went back to Winnipeg in a trade that brought Hawerchuk to Buffalo.

Arniel spent one more year in Winnipeg, and then bounced around the minors for several years. He joined the Sabres as an assistant coach in 2002, and stayed for four years. Eventually he landed as the Blue Jackets’ head coach in 2010, and lasted in that difficult situation for a year and a half or so.

Arniel is back in the coaching business this year. He’ll guide the Chicago Wolves of the AHL; that team is affiliated with the Vancouver Canucks.

--- Budd Bailey

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