Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jimmy Mann
As a junior, Jimmy Mann took up plenty of space on the ice and in the penalty box during his three seasons with the Sherbrooke Beavers of the QMJHL from 1976 to 1979. During that time, he developed into an attractive-looking NHL prospect on the strength of his playmaking, scoring, and willingness to play with a mean streak.

Winnipeg Jets' GM John Ferguson must have seen a little of himself in Mann as he made him the club's first-ever draft choice as the club entered the NHL in 1979. Mann joined the Jets for the start of the 1979-80 campaign and applied himself with great ferocity to become one of the meanest, glove-dropping brawlers in the league. By season's end, he led the NHL in penalty minutes with 287. The mold was cast: Jimmy Mann would fight first and play a little hockey between bouts.

In all, Mann played parts of five seasons with the Jets but never really secured any sense of permanency with the club. Either injuries or trips to the minors tended to eclipse any momentum he might have established for himself.

Controversy also tended to cloud his time at the top. During a game against Pittsburgh, the Pens' Paul Gardner laid his stick onto the jaw of the Jets' diminutive Doug Smail. Mann's temper exploded as he jumped over the boards to assail Gardner from behind with a roundhouse punch that broke the centreman's jaw in two places. Mann eventually received a ten-game suspension and a criminal record before the courts of Manitoba.

In 1984, he was traded to the Quebec Nordiques where he played sporadically over the two seasons that followed. But in 1986-87, injuries forced him to sit out the entire campaign.

He attempted a comeback with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1987, but was no longer able to perform at the NHL level. After nine games with the Pens, he headed for the minors where he concluded his career with the Indianapolis Ice of the IHL in 1989.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1975-76 Laval National QMJHL 65 8 9 17 107
1976-77 Laval National QMJHL 6 0 2 2 19
1976-77 Sherbrooke Castors QMJHL 63 12 12 24 186 17 1 4 5 70
1976-77 Sherbrooke Castors M-Cup 4 0 0 0 21
1977-78 Sherbrooke Castors QMJHL 67 27 54 81 260 7 3 9 12 14
1978-79 Sherbrooke Castors QMJHL 65 35 47 82 260 12 14 12 26 83
1979-80 Winnipeg Jets NHL 72 3 5 8 287 -20
1980-81 Winnipeg Jets NHL 37 3 3 6 105 -18
1980-81 Tulsa Oilers CHL 26 4 7 11 175 5 0 0 0 21
1981-82 Winnipeg Jets NHL 37 3 2 5 79 -8 3 0 0 0 7
1982-83 Winnipeg Jets NHL 40 0 1 1 73 -7 1 0 0 0 0
1983-84 Winnipeg Jets NHL 16 0 1 1 54 0
1983-84 Sherbrooke Jets AHL 20 6 3 9 94
1983-84 Quebec Nordiques NHL 22 1 1 2 42 -3 3 0 0 0 22
1984-85 Quebec Nordiques NHL 25 0 4 4 54 +3 13 0 0 0 41
1984-85 Fredericton Express AHL 13 4 4 8 97
1985-86 Quebec Nordiques NHL 35 0 3 3 148 -2 2 0 0 0 19
1986-87 Quebec Nordiques NHLMGNT
1987-88 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 9 0 0 0 53 0
1987-88 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 10 0 2 2 61
1988-89 Indianapolis Ice IHL 38 5 10 15 275
NHL Totals 293 10 20 30 895 22 0 0 0 89


QMJHL First All-Star Team (1979) Traded to Quebec by Winnipeg for Quebec's 5th round pick (Brent Severyn) in 1984 NHL Draft, February 6, 1984.
Missed entire 1986-87 due to abdominal injury originally suffered in December, 1984. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, June 16, 1987.
Surname(s) beginning with