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Moe Mantha, Jr.
Position Defenceman
Shot Right
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
195 lb (89 kg)
Teams Winnipeg Jets
Pittsburgh Penguins
Edmonton Oilers
Minnesota North Stars
Philadelphia Flyers
Nationality Flag of the United States & Flag of Canada Canadian
Born (1961-01-21)January 21, 1961,
Lakewood, OH, USA
NHL Draft 23rd overall, 1980
Winnipeg Jets
Pro Career 1980 – 1993

Maurice William "Moe" Mantha, Jr. (born January 21, 1961) is a retired American-born Canadian professional ice hockey defenseman and former coach who played twelve seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Winnipeg Jets, Pittsburgh Penguins, Edmonton Oilers, Minnesota North Stars and Philadelphia Flyers.

Playing career

Mantha was born while his father, Moe Mantha, Sr., was playing for the Cleveland Barons of the American Hockey League. He was subsequently raised in Canada, when his father retired from hockey and returned to his hometown of Sturgeon Falls, Ontario. Moe Mantha Jr. represented the United States in international hockey: he was a member of the U.S. team in the 1981, 1985 and 1991 Ice Hockey World Championships as well as the 1992 Winter Olympics.

He first played for the Toronto Marlboros of the Ontario Hockey Association in 1978, and was drafted by the NHL Winnipeg Jets in 1980. He played for the Jets or their minor league farm teams until 1984, when he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was then traded to the Edmonton Oilers in 1988; the Oilers traded him to the Minnesota North Stars later the same season. He later played for the Philadelphia Flyers and another stint with the Jets.

In the 1992-1993 season, Mantha played for the AHL Hershey Bears; he subsequently retired from playing and became a hockey coach for teams in the AHL, the East Coast Hockey League and the revived World Hockey Association. He was head coach and general manager of the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL.

On October 18, 2005 he was suspended as general manager for one year and stripped of his coaching duties for 40 games due to a hazing incident, and fight between teammates during a practice. Later that year, he was fired from both his general manager and coaching positions.

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