Only a handful of NHLers in the early part of the century could boast that they were born in England, but Norm Mann was one of them. Brothers Eric and Gord Pettinger were born in England, but that pair grew up in Regina. Wilf Cude was born in Wales, while Ireland was the birthplace of Jack Riley..
Although born in the U.K., Norm moved with his family to Paris, Ontario, where he learned to play organized hockey. He won just about every hockey championship available before entering the NHL. His Paris, Ontario team won the Intermediate championship in 1930. As a member of the Newmarket Redmen, Mann won the Junior hockey championship in 1933.
Mann joined the Toronto Marlboros Senior hockey team in 1933-34, and they won the Senior OHA championship. While playing Mercantile hockey in Toronto, Mann and his British Consols claimed the Mercantile championship in 1935.
Norm Mann signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1935, and although he played that season with Syracuse Stars of the IAHL, the Leafs summoned Mann to join them for the playoffs. His first NHL experience was a single playoff game in 1936. Mann wouldn't return to the NHL until 1938-39, when he filled in for another Paris, Ontario citizen, Syl Apps, after the Leafs captain was injured. That stint lasted 16 games. Again, Mann was returned to the IAHL, and didn't see any additional NHL activity until 1940-41 when he skated in 15 more games during a rash of injuries to Leaf regulars.
It was the final look at the NHL for Norm Mann, who played several seasons in the AHL hoping for his shot in the big leagues before being reinstated as an amateur and playing hockey for fun until his retirement in 1949.