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Moe Mantha
Selected in second round
No. 23 overall by Winnipeg Jets

Born January 21, 1961
Position: Defense
Height: 6-2   Weight: 197
Last Team: Toronto (OMJHL)                             
Birthplace: Lakewood, Ohio (USA)
Hometown: Sturgeon Falls, Ontario
Year TeamLeague GPG ATP PIM
1977-78 StreetsvilleJr. B 6335 70105 75
1978-79 TorontoOMJHL 6810 3848 57
1979-80 TorontoOMJHL 588 3846 86

Ontario Jr. B Championship:
1978 (Streetsville)
Miscellaneous: Was Toronto's first pick in 1978 OMJHL midget draft. ... Born in Ohio while his father was playing for Cleveland in the AHL.
Debut: October 10, 1980 (Winnipeg at Washington)
Numbers:  2, 22 (Winnipeg); 20 (Pitt.); 20 (Edmonton); 21 (Minn.);
8, 42 (Philadelphia)
Stanley Cup: Never won.  Playing Status: Retired October 1992
1980-1992WIN, PIT, EDM, MIN, PHI 65681 289370 501
1982-1990Winnipeg, Philadelphia 175 1015 18

NHL Game-Tying Goals Leader:
1987-88 (3, tie)
Winnipeg Playoffs Goals Leader: 1983 (2, tie)
Winnipeg Playoffs Assists Leader: 1990 (5, tie)
1987-88: Played 25 regular-season games for Edmonton team that went on to win Stanley Cup, but was not with team during postseason.
Miscellaneous: Missed part of 1980-81 season with chronic back pain. ... Missed part of 1981-82 season with eye injury, suffered in October 1981. ... Missed start of 1982-83 season with shoulder injury, requiring surgery in October 1982. ... Was one of Mario Lemieux's first pro teammates with Pittsburgh in 1984-85. ... Missed parts of 1984-85 season with broken nose, an injury suffered when he was hit by a puck during Pittsburgh's Dec. 7, 1984, game at N.Y. Rangers, and with bruised tailbone, an injury suffered in February 1985. ... Missed part of 1985-86 season with sprained knee, an injury suffered during Pittsburgh's Feb. 15, 1986, game at New Jersey. ... Missed parts of 1986-87 season with broken right wrist, an injury suffered during Pittsburgh's Nov. 26, 1986, game vs. N.Y. Islanders and re-injured during Pittsburgh's Dec. 23, 1986, game at N.Y. Islanders, and with eye injury, suffered during Pittsburgh's Feb. 26, 1987, game at N.Y. Islanders. ... Missed remainder of 1986-87 season with sprained left knee, an injury suffered during Pittsburgh's March 24, 1987, game vs. Philadelphia. ... Missed part of 1987-88 season with bruised kneecap, an injury suffered during Minnesota's Feb. 29, 1988, game vs. New Jersey. ... Missed start of 1988-89 season with separated shoulder, an injury suffered during Minnesota's training camp in September 1988. ... Missed part of 1988-89 season with pulled groin, an injury suffered in January 1989. ... Missed part of 1989-90 season with pulled groin, an injury suffered in March 1990. ... Missed parts of 1990-91 season with bruised ankle, an injury suffered in November 1990, and with back spasms, an injury suffered in March 1991. ... Placed on waivers by Winnipeg in October 1991. He cleared waivers and rejoined team as an emergency replacement, but expressed anger at organization for putting him in that position. ... Loaned by Winnipeg to U.S. Olympic team on Dec. 31, 1991. He returned to the NHL after the Olympics when Winnipeg granted his trade request and dealt him to Philadelphia for the rest of the 1991-92 season. ... Released by Philadelphia on Sept. 29, 1992. He chose to retire and pursue a coaching career.
Post-Draft Teams: Tulsa (CHL); Sherbrooke (AHL); Team USA; Hershey (AHL)
Olympics: 1992 (fourth place)
World Championships: 1982 (eighth), 1985 (fourth), 1991 (fourth), 1998 (12th place) (assistant coach)
World Junior Championships: 2004 (assistant coach)
Coaching Career:
Named Hershey (AHL) assistant coach in October 1992 and remained in that position until July 1994. ... Named Columbus (ECHL) head coach in July 1994 and remained in that position until April 25, 1996. ... Named London (OHL) head coach on April 25, 1996, and remained in that position until August 1996, when team released him from contract so he could accept offer from Baltimore (AHL). ... Named Baltimore (AHL) head coach in August 1996, relocated with franchise to Cincinnati (AHL) head in May 1997, and remained in that position until May 2000. ... Named USA Hockey National Team Development Program associate coach, in charge of U.S. national Under-17 team, in May 2000 and remained in that position until April 9, 2002. ... Named USA Hockey National Team Development Program head coach, in charge of U.S. national Under-18 team, on April 9, 2002, and remained in position until Oct. 28, 2003. ... Named Saginaw (OHL) interim head coach on Oct. 29, 2003, and remained in that position through 2003-04 season. ... Named Windsor (OHL) head coach on May 25, 2005, and remained in that position into 2005-06 season.
Management Career: Named Columbus (ECHL) director of player personnel prior to 1995-96 season and remained in position until April 25, 1996. ... Named London (OHL) general manager on April 25, 1996, and remained in position until August 1996, when team released him from contract so he could accept coaching offer from Baltimore (AHL). ... Named Windsor (OHL) general manager on May 25, 2005, and remained in that position into 2005-06 season.
Miscellaneous: Invited to Team USA's 1984 Canada Cup training camp, but was unable to attend because he was unsigned restricted free agent at the time. ... Was Team USA captain at 1985 World Championships. ... Served as assistant captain of 1992 U.S. Olympic hockey team. ... Came out of retirement to play one game for Hershey (AHL) team for which he was working as assistant coach during 1992-93 season. He had agreed to take the job under the condition that he could be called on to play, but was only used in one game. ... Was outstanding golfer during his playing days and worked at his family's golf club in Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, during off-seasons. ... Was active in charitable causes during his playing days, including extensive work with Special Olympics and Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.
Mantha's OHL Suspension: Mantha was at the center of a major controversy early in the 2005-06 season that led him to be suspended by the league for a full year as Windsor's general manager and for 40 games as its coach. The dual suspensions, announced on Oct. 18, 2005, stemmed from a hazing incident and from two of fights between Windsor players that took place during team practices. In addition to allowing his own players to beat on each other in practice, Mantha was accused of forcing his players to strip and stand in a lavatory at the back of the team bus as part of a hazing ritual. The Spitfires were also fined a total of $35,000 for the incidents, but Windsor players were quick to defend Mantha. In a statement on their team website following the suspension, the players wrote: "We want state that Moe Mantha has treated all his players with a great amount of respect. As players we believe in him and respect him more as a person."
Personal: Full name is Maurice William Mantha Jr. ... Son of former minor-leaguer and Canadian politician Moe Mantha Sr., a teammate of John Ferguson's on Montreal Canadiens' AHL affiliate (Cleveland) when Moe Jr. was born. Nineteen years later, Ferguson would be the man to draft Mantha into the NHL as general manager of the Winnipeg Jets.
TRADE (2): Winnipeg sent Mantha to Pittsburgh as part of March 5, 1984, trade in which Pittsburgh dealt Randy Carlyle to Winnipeg for 1984 first-round pick (Doug Bodger) and future considerations (pre-arranged to be Mantha). As the future considerations portion of the Carlyle deal, Mantha went to Pittsburgh on May 1, 1984. Over five years later, Winnipeg got Mantha back when the Jets claimed him from Philadelphia's unprotected list in NHL Waiver Draft on October 2, 1989. Over two years later, Winnipeg lost Mantha again when it traded him to Philadelphia for future considerations on February 27, 1992.

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