Total Package Hockey is pleased to announce the addition of Grant Arnold to its Colorado division staff. Grant will serve as a Player Development Coach & Mentor and will assist newly appointed Director of Hockey-Operations Jordan Pietrus in all facets of the TPH-Colorado operation, specifically, in its hallmark Center of Excellence model. The Arapahoe High School and Denver University graduate returns home after capping off a two-year professional playing career in the ECHL.
“Mentors and role models must be willing to lead the way, walk the walk and set a positive example for the young people under their tutelage to follow,” Jordan Pietrus said. “Grant’s character, work ethic, track record and reputation are that of a leader. He wore a letter on his sweater as a midget, junior, collegiate and pro player. He is passionate about impacting the lives of youngsters inside and outside of athletics. Grant has Colorado roots, loves the area and I am confident he will be extremely invested in our efforts to make the TPH brand synonymous with everything that is ‘good’ for hockey players in the state of Colorado.”
As a youth, Arnold played for Araphoe HS and was part of four state championship teams. He also suited up for both the Colorado Thunderbirds and Colorado Rampage ‘AAA’ organizations before going on to compete in the USHL for the Green Bay Gamblers, where he was part of two Clark Cup Championship squads in 2009-2010 and 2011-2012. After three successful seasons in Green Bay, the 28-year-old returned to the Rocky Mountain state where he played four seasons for his hometown D.U. Pioneers. Arnold captained the Pioneers in his junior and senior seasons and was part of an NCHC championship in 2013-2014. Grant is one of three, two-time captains in D.U. hockey history, and the first in sixty years.
After graduating from D.U., Grant played professional hockey for the Quad City Mallards of the ECHL. After one season, Arnold returned to Green Bay and served as an assistant coach with the Gamblers. There, he took an active role in overseeing the academic performance of all high-school aged players, monitoring grades, attendance, class schedules and communicating with post-secondary institutions on behalf of the players.
Despite enjoying his coaching role in Green Bay, the Centennial, CO native got the itch to return to professional hockey, and signed back in the ECHL, with the Florida Everblades prior to the 2018-2019 season. Following this past season, Arnold felt the time was right to move on from playing and fully commit to what he says he is most excited about in his role with TPH-Colorado: positively impacting lives.
“I am very excited to be a part of the TPH program and work alongside Jordan Pietrus,” Grant Arnold said. “The TPH program bleeds everything I am passionate about and believe in. I played all of my youth hockey in Colorado and I believe I understand the athletic, academic and life balance that comes with the hockey journey, not only for the student-athlete, but also for the family. I know my family and I would have really benefitted from a program like the CoE when I was growing up in Colorado. I am extremely grateful for the chance to give back to the game and a community I call home, while mentoring the lives of young people.”
Families who are interested in meeting Grant, Jordan Pietrus and other members of the TPH-Colorado staff who will be announced in the coming weeks, are invited to attend the next open house, scheduled for Monday, June 24 at 7:00 PM at Family Sports Center, the home of the TPH Center of Excellence. To RSVP for the event, please click here.
If you are ready to reserve your space at the Center of Excellence for the 2019-2020 school year, please click here. Space in TPH’s Study-Train-Play model will be limited.