(CBS) The Chicago Wolves, in conjunction with the Vancouver Canucks, hired Scott Arniel as their new head coach Tuesday.

Arniel was most recently the head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets before being fired in January.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Scott Arniel into our organization,” Wolves general manager Wendell Young said in a statement. “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.”

In addition to his time in the NHL, Arniel has a 181-106-16-17 record in four seasons as an American Hockey League head coach with the now-defunct Manitoba Moose, the former minor league affiliate of the Canucks. He led Manitoba to an appearance in the 2009 Calder Cup Finals and was awarded the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as the league’s coach of the year that season.

The Kingston, Ontario, native also was an assistant coach with the Buffalo Sabres from 2002-04 and 2005-06.

Arniel also spent 11 seasons in the NHL as a player with the Winnipeg Jets, Buffalo Sabres and Boston Bruins. He played his last NHL game in 1992 and played seven more seasons in the AHL and IHL. He won the 1996 Turner Cup as a member of the Utah Grizzlies.