Georges Mantha was a versatile NHLer who played both defence and left-wing in a career that spanned 13 seasons. He was a fine puck handler with a good shot who helped his team's power play and transition game regardless of what position he played.
Born in Lachine, Quebec, Mantha played junior with the Montreal Victorias and senior with the city's Bell Telephone squad before joining the Canadiens for 21 games in 1928-29. Beginning the next season, he was a regular in the Montreal lineup where he played cleanly and with a consistent work ethic.
The solid defensive forward was a key influence on the Montreal club that upset the Boston Bruins in the 1930 Stanley Cup finals. The Beantowners were prohibitive favourites after posting a 38-5-1 record in the regular season, but their potent attack was stymied by the relentless checking of Mantha and linemates Pit Lepine Wildor Larochelle. The next year, Mantha contributed five playoff goals when Montreal repeated as Cup winners in a hard fought series against the Chicago Black Hawks.
By the late 1930s, Mantha was a key offensive producer for the Canadiens. He hit double figures in goals scored three times in four years. His best performance was 23 goals in 1937-38 while playing with Polly Drouin and Rod Lorraine. After playing a few games foe Montreal in 1940-41, Mantha was relegated to the minors and made the AHL second all-star team that same year. He retired after playing 19 games for the Washington Lions in 1942-43