Niagara alum Arnold returns to campus as director of hockey operations

Former Niagara forward Scott Arnold is returning to the Purple Eagles following a three-year professional career as the team’s director of hockey operations.

“We are proud to welcome a Niagara hockey alumnus like Scott Arnold back to our program,” Niagara coach Dave Burkholder said in a statement. “Scott was a tremendously talented player and gifted scorer, but he also had the drive necessary to advance to the professional level. We look forward to seeing him translate those experiences into his new role working with our staff.”

Arnold played two seasons with the Purple Eagles from 2010 to 2012 before signing a two-year contract with the then-Phoenix Coyotes. In his two years with Niagara, Arnold compiled 26 goals and 40 points in 67 games.

As a pro, Arnold played for the AHL’s Portland Pirates and in the ECHL with the Gwinnett Gladiators, Toledo Walleye and Greenville Road Warriors.

“I am extremely excited to come back to Niagara and work with this team,” Arnold added. “This was a great program to play for at the collegiate level, and I am looking forward to the chance to develop the current Purple Eagles.”

The 26-year-old Arnold is also returning to the classroom to complete his Bachelor of Science degree in sport management.