Anthony Mantha

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Anthony Mantha
Born (1994-09-16) September 16, 1994 (age 24)
Longueuil, Quebec, Canada
Height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight 225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Left
NHL team Detroit Red Wings
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 20th overall, 2013
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 2014–present

Anthony Mantha (born September 16, 1994) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who is currently playing for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL). Mantha was drafted 20th overall by the Red Wings in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Junior[edit]

As a youth, Mantha played in the 2007 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with the Collège-Français Rive-Sud minor ice hockey team.[1] He was drafted 76th overall in the 2010 QMJHL Entry Draft by the Val-d'Or Foreurs.

During the 2010–11 season, Mantha made his QMJHL debut in December, appearing in two games with Val-d'or, spending most of the season with the College Charles-Lemoyne Riverains in Quebec's midget AAA league.

During the 2011–12 season, Mantha played in 63 games for Val-d'or in his first full year in the QMJHL. Mantha finished with 22 goals and 29 assists.

During the 2012–13 season, Mantha was Val-d'or's second leading scorer, behind Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Anton Zlobin, in his second season with the club. He led the QMJHL with 50 goals and had 39 assists in 67 games and was plus-21. Mantha was rewarded for his outstanding play by being invited to participate in the 2013 CHL Top Prospects Game,[2] and being named to the QMJHL Second All-Star Team.[3]

During the 2013–14 season, Mantha played in 57 games for Val-d'or and led the QMJHL in scoring, finishing with 57 goals and 63 assists. Mantha was awarded the first star of the month for September, where he recorded 14 points in five games, including four goals and an assist in a game against the Quebec Remparts on September 28.[4] Mantha was awarded the first star of the month for October, where he recorded 25 points in 10 games. Mantha recorded back-to-back five-point games on October 11 and 12 against the Sherbrooke Phoenix and Drummondville Voltigeurs. In total, Mantha registered seven games of two points or more.[5] Mantha was rewarded for his outstanding play by earning the Jean Béliveau Trophy as the top scorer in the QMJHL, the Michel Brière Memorial Trophy as the Most Valuable Player in the QMJHL,[6] and the CHL Player of the Year.[7]

During the playoffs, Mantha was the leading scorer for Val-d'or, recording 24 goals and 14 assists in 24 games. Mantha was awarded the CHL player of the week for the playoff period ending May 13, after recording 11 points in the final five games of the QMJHL Finals.[8] Mantha scored the game-winning goal with 52 seconds remaining in the third period of game seven to defeat Baie-Comeau Drakkar and win the President's Cup.[9]

Professional[edit]

On October 12, 2013, the Detroit Red Wings signed Mantha to a three-year entry-level contract.[10]

Mantha began the 2014–15 season on the injured reserve list, after fracturing his right tibia on September 15, during a game at the Traverse City Prospect Tournament. It was announced he would be out for six to eight weeks.[11] He made his professional debut for the Grand Rapids Griffins on November 14, 2014, in a game against the Texas Stars. He became the second-highest Detroit draft pick to play for the Griffins, behind only Jakub Kindl (19th overall in 2005).[12] In his second AHL game, also against the Texas Stars, he scored his first professional goal against Jussi Rynnäs.[13]

On February 17, 2016, Mantha recorded his first career hat-trick in a game against the Milwaukee Admirals.[14]

On March 14, 2016, Mantha was recalled by the Detroit Red Wings. Prior to being recalled, he ranked third on the Griffins in scoring with 21 goals and 24 assists in 56 games.[15] He made his NHL debut the following day in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers.[16] On March 24, he scored first career NHL goal against Ben Scrivens of the Montreal Canadiens.[17] On April 10, he was returned to the Griffins. Mantha played 10 games for the Red Wings, recording two goals, one assist and 18 shots on goal while averaging 11:42 time on ice.[18]

On November 11, 2016, Mantha was recalled by the Red Wings. Prior to being recalled, he was tied for the AHL lead in goals with eight goals in 10 games. He also led the Griffins in points (10), power-play goals (4) and shots (34).[19]

On October 5, 2017, Mantha scored the first goal at Little Caesars Arena, with an assist from captain Henrik Zetterberg.[20] On March 31, 2019, Mantha recorded his first career NHL hat-trick in a game against the Boston Bruins.[21]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing  Canada
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2019 Slovakia
World U18 Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2012 Czech Republic

In 2012, Mantha represented team Canada at the IIHF World U18 Championship, where he won a bronze medal. Mantha recorded one goal in seven games.[22]

In 2014, Mantha represented team Canada at the IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. Mantha was the leading-scorer for Canada, recording five goals and six assists in seven games, and was named to the 2014 WJC All-Star Team.[23]

On April 29, 2019, Mantha was named to the Team Canada roster for the 2019 IIHF World Championship held in Slovakia.[24] He helped Canada progress through to the playoff rounds before losing the final to Finland to finish with the Silver Medal on May 26, 2019.[25] Mantha finished the tournament, tied first alongside Mark Stone, with 14 points in 9 games and was selected as a top 3 player for Canada.

Personal life[edit]

Mantha's paternal grandfather is four-time Stanley Cup winner Andre Pronovost.[26][27]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2010–11 Val-d'Or Foreurs QMJHL 2 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Val-d'Or Foreurs QMJHL 63 22 29 51 39 4 2 2 4 6
2012–13 Val-d'Or Foreurs QMJHL 67 50 39 89 71 9 5 7 12 13
2013–14 Val-d'Or Foreurs QMJHL 57 57 63 120 75 24 24 14 38 52
2014–15 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 62 15 18 33 64 16 2 2 4 16
2015–16 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 60 21 24 45 32 9 4 7 11 8
2015–16 Detroit Red Wings NHL 10 2 1 3 2
2016–17 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 10 8 2 10 6
2016–17 Detroit Red Wings NHL 60 17 19 36 53
2017–18 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 24 24 48 52
2018–19 Detroit Red Wings NHL 67 25 23 48 30
NHL totals 217 68 67 135 137

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2012 Canada U18 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 7 1 0 1 0
2014 Canada WJC 4th 7 5 6 11 0
2019 Canada WC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 9 7 7 14 16
Junior totals 14 6 6 12 0
Senior totals 9 7 7 14 16

Awards and achievements[edit]

Awards Year
CHL
CHL Top Prospects Game 2013 [28]
CHL Player of the Year 2013–14 [7]
QMJHL
QMJHL Second All-Star Team 2012–13 [3]
QMJHL First All-Star Team 2013–14 [29]
Jean Béliveau Trophy 2013–14
Michel Brière Memorial Trophy 2013–14
International
WJC All-Star Team 2014 [23]

Records[edit]

Val-d'Or Foreurs[edit]

As of the 2014–15 season, Mantha holds or shares a number of individual records:[30]

  • Three fastest goals in one period by one player (2:56).
  • Most goals by a rookie in one game, away (3).
  • Most points by a rookie in one game, away (4).
  • Most goals by a player in one period (3).
  • Most shorthanded goals by a player in one game (2).
  • Most shorthanded goals by a player in one season (5).
  • Most consecutive games with at least one point in one season (23).
  • Most playoff games by a player in one post-season (24).
  • Most playoff goals by a rookie in one game (2).
  • Most playoff goals by a player in one game (3).
  • Most shorthanded goals by a player in one post-season (2).
  • Most career playoff assists by a player, away (15).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
  2. ^ Forbes, Kevin (January 16, 2013). "2013 CHL Top Prospects Game: Mantha climbing ranks with his sniper's touch". Hockey's Future. Retrieved January 16, 2013.
  3. ^ a b "The Golden Puck Awards: an unforgettable evening!". QMJHL. April 3, 2013. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
  4. ^ Sotiropoulos, Photi (October 2, 2013). "Mantha, Auger and Clapperton named the TELUS three stars of the month of September". QMJHL. Archived from the original on October 8, 2013. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
  5. ^ Sotiropoulos, Photi (November 1, 2013). "Mantha, Poirier and Marcoux named TELUS three stars of the month". QMJHL. Archived from the original on November 9, 2013. Retrieved November 1, 2013.
  6. ^ "Val-d'Or forward Mantha named QMJHL MVP". Sportsnet . April 2, 2014. Retrieved April 2, 2014.
  7. ^ a b Roose, Bill (May 24, 2014). "Mantha is named CHL player of the year". NHL. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  8. ^ "Foreurs' Anthony Mantha named CHL Player of the Week". CHL. May 14, 2014. Retrieved May 14, 2014.
  9. ^ Éthier, Vincent (May 13, 2014). "The Val-d'Or Foreurs are crowned QMJHL Champions". QMJHL. Archived from the original on May 14, 2014. Retrieved May 13, 2014.
  10. ^ Kujawa, Kyle (October 12, 2013). "Wings sign Mantha to entry-level contract". NHL. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
  11. ^ "Red Wings prospect Mantha out with broken leg". NHL. September 18, 2014. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  12. ^ "Mantha Arrives". Grand Rapids Griffins. November 12, 2014. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  13. ^ "For An Encore". Grand Rapids Griffins. November 15, 2014. Retrieved November 15, 2014.
  14. ^ "Mantha Among Boys". Grand Rapids Griffins. November 15, 2014. Retrieved November 15, 2014.
  15. ^ Kujawa, Kyle (March 14, 2016). "Mantha called up from Grand Rapids". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  16. ^ Roose, Bill (March 15, 2016). "Red Wings to unveil Mantha in Philly". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved March 15, 2016.
  17. ^ Savage, Brendan (March 24, 2016). "Watch Red Wings rookie Anthony Mantha score first NHL goal". MLive. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  18. ^ Kujawa, Kyle (April 10, 2016). "Red Wings return Mantha to Griffins". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved April 10, 2016.
  19. ^ DiFilippo, Alex (November 11, 2016). "Red Wings recall Anthony Mantha". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  20. ^ "Trending: Red Wings tame Wild in front of raucous home crowd". Detroit Red Wings. October 5, 2017.
  21. ^ Khan, Ansar (March 31, 2019). "Anthony Mantha's hat trick leads Red Wings to fifth win in row". MLive.com. Retrieved March 31, 2019.
  22. ^ "23 CHL players win bronze with Canada at 2012 WU18". CHL. April 22, 2012. Retrieved April 22, 2012.
  23. ^ a b "Canada's National Junior Team finishes fourth at 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship". Hockey Canada. January 5, 2014. Retrieved January 5, 2014.
  24. ^ "Hockey Canada names 22 players to 2019 IIHF World Championship roster". Hockey Canada. April 29, 2019. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  25. ^ "Finland defeats Canada for Gold Medal at World Championship". The Sports Network. May 26, 2019. Retrieved May 26, 2019.
  26. ^ Cleveland, Amy (March 24, 2016). "Anthony Mantha's 1st NHL goal brings tears to grandfather's eyes". CBC Sports. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  27. ^ Sager, Neate (February 5, 2013). "NHL draft tracker: Anthony Mantha, Val-d'Or Foreurs". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  28. ^ Morreale, Mike (January 15, 2013). "Top draft-eligible talent set for Prospects Game". NHL. Retrieved January 15, 2013.
  29. ^ "The Golden Puck Awards: an unforgettable evening!". QMJHL. April 2, 2014. Archived from the original on April 7, 2014. Retrieved April 2, 2014.
  30. ^ "Records". QMJHL. July 8, 2014. Archived from the original on April 27, 2014. Retrieved July 8, 2014.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Riley Sheahan
Detroit Red Wings first round draft pick
2013
Succeeded by
Dylan Larkin
Preceded by
Jonathan Drouin
CHL Player of the Year
2014
Succeeded by
Connor McDavid