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Dave Manson
Selected in first round
No. 11 overall by Chicago Black Hawks

Born January 27, 1967
Position: Defense
Height: 6-2   Weight: 190
Last Team: Prince Albert (WHL)                         
Birthplace: Prince Albert, Sask. (Canada)
Hometown: Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
Year TeamLeague GPG ATP PIM
1982-83 Prince AlbertSask. AA 2811 1122 170
  Prince AlbertWHL 60 11 9
1983-84 Prince AlbertWHL 702 79 233
1984-85 Prince AlbertWHL 728 3038 247

Memorial Cup:
1985 (Prince Albert)
Miscellaneous: Ranked by NHL Central Scouting Bureau as No. 7 overall prospect for the 1984 NHL draft. ... Led Prince Albert with 233 penalty minutes in 1983-84.
Debut: October 9, 1986 (N.Y. Islanders at Chicago)
Numbers:  3, 8, 11, 14, 22 (Chicago); 23, 24 (Edm.); 3, 4 (Win./Pho.); 37, 22 (Montreal); 6, 4 (Dallas); 3 (Toronto)
Stanley Cup: Never won.  Status: Retired July 25, 2003
Years TeamsGP GA TPPIM
1986-2002 Chi., Edm., Win./Pho,
Montreal, Dallas, Tor.
1,103 102288 3902,792
YearsTeams GPG ATP PIM
1987-2001 Chicago, Edm., Win.,
Montreal, Dallas, Tor.
112 724 31343

All-Star Game:
1989 (Chicago), 1993 (Edmonton)
Stanley Cup Finals (Lost): 2000 (Dallas)
NHL Hardest Shooter (SuperSkills Winner): 1996 (Win.) (98.0 mph)
Chicago Records: Most power-play goals by a defenseman in one game (2 at Boston on Nov. 26, 1988, shares record)
Edmonton Records: Most assists by a defenseman in one period (3 in first period vs. Washington on Oct. 23, 1991, shares record)
Chicago Penalty-Minutes Leader: 1988-89 (352)
Chicago Playoffs Penalty-Minutes Leader: 1989 (84)
Edmonton Penalty-Minutes Leader: 1991-92 (220), 1992-93 (210)
Winnipeg Penalty-Minutes Leader: 1995-96 (205)
Winnipeg Playoffs Penalty-Minutes Leader: 1996 (30)
Dallas Playoffs Penalty-Minutes Leader: 2000 (33)
Miscellaneous: Assisted on game-winning goal in NHL All-Star Game on Feb. 7, 1989, at Edmonton. ... Set Chicago single-season record (since broken) with 352 penalty minutes in 1988-89. ... Missed part of 1989-90 season with charley horse in right leg, an injury suffered when he collided with John McIntyre during Chicago's Dec. 6, 1989, game vs. Toronto. He did not return to action until Chicago's Dec. 13, 1989, game at Montreal. ... Suspended by NHL for four games during 1990-91 season for cross-checking Drake Berehowsky on the head at the end of Chicago's Oct. 20, 1990, game at Toronto. Because Manson got a match penalty for attempting to injure an opponent, a videotape was sent to the NHL for review. On Oct. 24, after Manson had played in one more game, the NHL announced that he would be suspended for four games. He complained that he was being punished too harshly and that his own notoriety for having been given three suspensions during the previous season, had led the league to suspend him yet again, even though he didn't deserve it. ... Led all Chicago defensemen with 14 goals in 1990-91. ... Led all Edmonton defensemen with 47 points in 1991-92. ... Suspended by NHL for five off-days and fined $500 for spearing Joel Otto late in the third period of Edmonton's Oct. 8, 1992, game at Calgary. Manson, who hit Otto three times with the stick and also gouged his eye while the two were fighting, was given a match penalty for spearing and ordered to leave the ice, but in the corridor on his way to the dressing room, he tried to chase Otto and had to be restrained by arena security. He waived his right to a league hearing on the match penalty under a rule that allowed players to avoid missing games if they agreed to be suspended without pay on non-game days. Although NHL president Gil Stein retained the right to make Manson miss games, he opted to stay within the spirit of the rule, giving Manson the five-day suspension and a maximum $500 fine. ... Missed part of 1992-93 season with strained ligaments in left knee, an injury suffered during Edmonton's Dec. 7, 1992, game at Calgary. Had assist in 1993 NHL All-Star Game at Montreal. ... Led Edmonton with 244 shots on goal and 29 power-play points in 1992-93. ... Led all Edmonton defensemen with 45 points in 1992-93. ... Missed part of 1993-94 season with separated right shoulder, an injury suffered during Edmonton's Oct. 20, 1993, game vs. Calgary. He did not return to action until Edmonton's Nov. 20, 1993, game vs. Toronto. ... Missed part of 1995 season with a suspected kidney bruise, an injury suffered during Winnipeg's Jan. 21, 1995, game vs. Anaheim. ... Missed part of 1995 season with bruised hand, an injury suffered during Winnipeg's April 19, 1995, game at Detroit. He did not return to action until Winnipeg's April 25, 1995, game vs. Edmonton. ... Was on Winnipeg team that relocated to Phoenix on July 1, 1995. ... Missed part of 1996-97 season with broken right pinky toe, an injury suffered during Phoenix's Nov. 8, 1996, game vs. Colorado. He did not return to action until Phoenix's Nov. 23, 1996, game vs. N.Y. Islanders. ... Suspended by NHL for two games (automatic suspension) for picking up his third instigator penalty of the season during Montreal's March 24, 1997, game vs. Boston. He had been called for going after Trent McCleary in the final minute of the game. While he was out with the suspension, Manson was not allowed to practice with the Canadiens. He returned to action for Montreal's April 2, 1997, game at Hartford. ... Fined $1,000 by NHL for criticizing referee Stephen Walkom in remarks made to the media following Game 2 of Montreal's first-round playoff series at New Jersey on April 19, 1997. Manson, who was called for four minor penalties during the game, later told reporters "I know who (Walkom) bet on to win the Stanley Cup." He also said Walkom was a "joke." The fine was announced two days later on April 21, 1997. ... Missed part of 1997-98 season with strained hip flexor, an injury suffered during Montreal's Feb. 4, 1998, game at N.Y. Islanders. ... Missed part of 1998-99 season with hip pointer injury, suffered during Montreal's Oct. 17, 1998, game vs. Buffalo. He did not return to action until Montreal's Oct. 24, 1998, game vs. Detroit. ... Suspended for three games and fined $1,000 by NHL during 1998-99 season for butt-ending and elbowing P.J. Axelsson during the second period of Montreal's Oct. 28, 1998, game vs. Montreal. Manson was given a game misconduct, and the suspension was announced the following day. As a result, Manson did not return to action until Montreal's Nov. 7, 1998, game vs. N.Y. Islanders. ... Suspended by NHL for three games during 1999-00 season for his role in a late third-period brawl during Chicago's Oct. 4, 1999, season-opener at San Jose. Manson was not even on the ice, and participated in the fight by reaching over the side of the bench to grab San Jose goalie Steve Shields, who was coming off the ice after being ejected from the game. The following day, before the suspension was announced, the Blackhawks placed Manson on waivers, but no teams claimed him and Chicago opted to keep him on its roster. On Oct. 6, 1999, the NHL announced Manson's suspension and as a result, he did not return to action until Chicago's Oct. 15, 1999, game vs. Toronto. ... Missed part of 1999-00 season with bruised left foot, an injury suffered during Chicago's Oct. 30, 1999, game vs. Los Angeles. He did not return to action until Chicago's Nov. 12, 1999, game vs. N.Y. Islanders. ... Suspended by NHL for one game for slashing Peter Forsberg during Chicago's Jan. 15, 2000, game at Colorado. ... Scored goal in his first game in a Dallas uniform on Feb. 9, 2000, at Anaheim. ... Signed with Toronto as a Group III unrestricted free agent on Aug. 16, 2000. ... Played in his 1,000th career NHL game for Toronto on Nov. 17, 2000, vs. Tampa Bay. ... Opted to retire from the NHL in the summer of 2003 after failing to catch on with any teams as a free agent during 2002-03 season.
Season of Suspensions: During the 1989-90 season, the NHL suspended Manson on three separate occasions for violent on-ice incidents. The first suspension came early in the season, when he was ordered to miss three games for pushing linesman Ron Asselstine while fighting with Chris Nilan at 16:41 of the third period of Chicago's Oct. 8, 1989, game vs. N.Y. Rangers. Manson had instigated a fight with Nilan in retaliation for Nilan's earlier hit on Chicago goaltender Alain Chevrier. As Manson tried to get to Nilan, he pushed Asselstine out of his way. That led to an automatic three game suspension that was not subject to appeal. As a result of suspension, Manson did not return to action until Chicago's Oct. 17, 1989, game at N.Y. Rangers. Just over two months later, the NHL hit Manson with a much harsher suspension following his role in a brawl at the end of the first period of Chicago's Dec. 23, 1989, game at Toronto. During that fight, Manson pushed linesman Ron Finn aside, earning another automatic three-game suspension. But this time, after he was sent off the ice, Manson came back to fight with Gary Leeman. The return to the ice cost Manson another 10 games, extending his second suspension of the season to a total of 13 games. Manson, however, insisted that even though officials had told him to go to the dressing room he had not yet left the ice before he went after Leeman. On Dec. 26, 1989, the NHL announced that Manson would get the additional 10-game suspension. The Blackhawks appealed that decision, but the NHL did not overturn the ruling because videotape of the incident did not conclusively show whether or not Manson had remained on the ice. As a result of the suspension, Manson did not return to action until Chicago's Jan. 27, 1990, game at Hartford. One month later, Manson was suspended yet again. This time, the NHL told Manson to sit out three games for biting Scott Stevens' hand while fighting Stevens at 14:39 of the third period of Chicago's Feb. 27, 1990, game vs. Washington. Manson received instigator and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties as well as a fighting major, a gross misconduct and a match penalty for deliberately trying to injure an opponent. At the time of the incident, it was not clear if Manson was guilty of biting Stevens intentionally, because Manson said it was a reflex action that occurred while Stevens was trying to gouge his eyes. Manson said the biting was out of self-defense alone, although Stevens said Manson had bitten first and that he was trying to defend himself by going after Manson's eyes. Two days after the incident, Manson had a hearing with NHL vice-president Brian O'Neill on March 1. During the hearing, O'Neill delayed any ruling until Manson could present his side of the argument on March 5, 1990.  With the situation still up in the air, Manson played in Chicago's March 1 game vs. St. Louis, drawing boos from hometown fans for some poor play in the second period. He also played in a March 3, 1990, game at Boston and a March 4, 1990, game vs. Boston. On Monday, March 5, 1990, Manson failed to make his case for O'Neill, and the following day, the NHL suspended both Manson and Stevens for three games. He was allowed to play in a March 7, 1990, game at Minnesota, but did not play again until Chicago's March 19, 1990, game at Toronto.
Post-Draft Teams: Prince Albert (WHL); Saginaw (IHL); Utah (AHL)
World Championships: 1993 (fourth place)
World Championships All-Star First Team:
WHL East All-Star Second Team: 1985-86 (Prince Albert)
Coaching Career: Named Prince Albert (WHL) part-time assistant coach in December 2002 and remained in that position until July 25, 2003. ... Named Prince Albert (WHL) assistant coach on July 25, 2003, and remained in that position into 2005-06 season.
Miscellaneous: Was third in scoring at 1993 World Championships with 10 points in eight games. ... Spent 2002-03 season as part-time assistant coach with his hometown Prince Albert Raiders (WHL) as he waited for offers from an NHL team, opting not to sign his retirement papers during the season. ... Active in charitable causes during his playing days, including work with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Personal: Nicknamed "Charlie." ... Full name is David Manson.
TRADE (2): Chicago traded Manson and a choice of 1992 or 1993 third-round picks (1992--Kirk Maltby) to Edmonton for Steve Smith on October 2, 1991. Seven years later, Chicago got Manson back when the Blackhawks traded Jeff Hackett, Eric Weinrich, Alain Nasreddine and 1999 fourth-round pick (Tampa Bay) (Chris Dyment) to Montreal in exchange for Manson, Jocelyn Thibault and Brad Brown on November 16, 1992. Just over a year later, Chicago lost Manson again when it traded Manson and Sylvain Cote to Dallas for Kevin Dean, Derek Plante and 2001 second-round pick (Matt Keith) on February 8, 2000.
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