Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Moe Mantha
Moe Mantha was an offensive-minded defenceman who came in handy with five different organizations in a career that lasted over 650 games. He was a fine quarterback on the power play whose confidence moving up ice with the puck was a boost to his team's transition game.

Born in Lakewood, Ohio, Mantha was chosen 23rd overall by the Winnipeg Jets in 1980 after accumulating 94 points in two seasons with the OHA's Toronto Marlboros. During his first three seasons as a pro, the young blueliner toiled mostly in Winnipeg but also saw time in the minors and played for the USA at the 1982 World Championships.

After scoring 54 points for the Jets in 1983-84, Mantha was sent to the Pittsburgh Penguins as part of the transaction that brought Randy Carlyle to the Manitoba capital. Mantha fit in well on the fast-skating team that was developing around rookie sensation Mario Lemieux. The talented rearguard scored 51 points his first year in Pittsburgh and scored twice while helping the U.S. finish fourth at the 1985 World Championships.

Mantha was a force in 1985-86 with 15 goals and and 67 points, including eleven power-play scores. The Pens posted impressive offensive numbers but did not win a sufficient number of games to reach the post-season. In November 1987, Mantha was part of the blockbuster trade that involved Paul Coffey and Craig Simpson. Before the end of the season, he was shipped to the Minnesota North Stars where he scored nine goals in the last 30 games of the season. He later returned for stints in Winnipeg and Philadelphia and played for the U.S. at the 1991 World Championships and the 1992 Albertville Olympics. Mantha retired after suiting up for one game with the AHL's Hershey Bears in 1992-93.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1977-78 Streetsville Derbys ON-Jr.B 63 35 70 105 75
1978-79 Toronto Marlboros OMJHL 68 10 38 48 57 3 0 0 0 0
1979-80 Toronto Marlboros OMJHL 58 8 38 46 86 4 0 2 2 11
1980-81 Winnipeg Jets NHL 58 2 23 25 35 -33
1981-82 Winnipeg Jets NHL 25 0 12 12 28 -10 4 1 3 4 16
1981-82 Tulsa Oilers CHL 33 8 15 23 56
1981-82 United States WEC-A 7 1 1 2 6
1982-83 Winnipeg Jets NHL 21 2 7 9 6 0 2 2 2 4 0
1982-83 Sherbrooke Jets AHL 13 1 4 5 13
1983-84 Winnipeg Jets NHL 72 16 38 54 67 -14 3 1 0 1 0
1983-84 Sherbrooke Jets AHL 7 1 1 2 10
1984-85 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 71 11 40 51 54 -35
1984-85 United States WEC-A 10 2 1 3 10
1985-86 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 78 15 52 67 102 -4
1986-87 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 62 9 31 40 44 -6
1987-88 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 21 2 8 10 23 +6
1987-88 Edmonton Oilers NHL 25 0 6 6 26 +7
1987-88 Minnesota North Stars NHL 30 9 13 22 4 -14
1988-89 Minnesota North Stars NHL 16 1 6 7 10 +1
1988-89 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 30 3 8 11 33 -5 1 0 0 0 0
1989-90 Winnipeg Jets NHL 73 2 26 28 28 +8 7 1 5 6 2
1990-91 Winnipeg Jets NHL 57 9 15 24 33 -20
1990-91 United States WEC-A 9 0 0 0 2
1991-92 Winnipeg Jets NHL 12 0 4 4 6 0
1991-92 United States Nat-Tm 13 0 2 2 29
1991-92 United States Olympics 8 1 1 2 4
1991-92 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 5 0 0 0 2 0
1992-93 Hershey Bears AHL 1 0 0 0 0
1993-1994 Hershey Bears AHL
1994-1996 Columbus Chill ECHL
1996-1997 Baltimore Bandits AHL
1997-2000 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL
NHL Totals 656 81 289 370 501 17 5 10 15 18


Traded to Pittsburgh by Winnipeg to complete transaction that sent Randy Carlyle to Winnipeg (March 5, 1984), May 1, 1984. Traded to Edmonton by Pittsburgh with Craig Simpson, Dave Hanna and Chris Joseph for Paul Coffey, Dave Hunter and Wayne Van Dorp, November 24, 1987. Traded to Minnesota by Edmonton for Keith Acton, January 22, 1988. Traded to Philadelphia by Minnesota for Toronto's 5th round choice (previously acquired, Minnesota selected Pat MacLeod) in 1989 Entry Draft, December 8, 1988. Claimed by Winnipeg from Philadelphia in Waiver Draft, October 2, 1989. Traded to Philadelphia by Winnipeg for future considerations, February 27, 1992.