Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Georges Mantha
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


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1925-26 Montreal Bell Telephone MTRHL 4 2 0 2 4
1926-27 Montreal Bell Telephone MTRHL 4 2 0 2 0
1927-28 Montreal Bell Telephone MTRHL 3 1 1 2 4
1928-29 University of Montreal MCHL 3 0 1 1 2
1928-29 Montreal Bell Telephone MTRHL 4 1 1 2 14
1928-29 Montreal Canadiens NHL 21 0 0 0 8 3 0 0 0 0
1929-30 Montreal Canadiens NHL 44 5 2 7 16 6 0 0 0 8
1930-31 Montreal Canadiens NHL 44 11 6 17 25 10 5 1 6 4
1931-32 Montreal Canadiens NHL 48 1 7 8 8 4 0 1 1 8
1932-33 Montreal Canadiens NHL 43 3 6 9 10
1933-34 Montreal Canadiens NHL 44 6 9 15 12
1934-35 Montreal Canadiens NHL 42 12 10 22 14 2 0 0 0 4
1935-36 Montreal Canadiens NHL 35 1 12 13 14
1936-37 Montreal Canadiens NHL 47 13 14 27 17 5 0 0 0 0
1937-38 Montreal Canadiens NHL 47 23 19 42 12 3 1 0 1 0
1938-39 Montreal Canadiens NHL 25 5 5 10 6 3 0 0 0 0
1939-40 Montreal Canadiens NHL 42 9 11 20 6
1940-41 Montreal Canadiens NHL 6 0 1 1 0
1940-41 New Haven Eagles AHL 49 16 15 31 8
1941-42 Washington Lions AHL 50 18 25 43 4 1 0 0 0 0
1942-43 Washington Lions AHL 19 2 2 4 4
NHL Totals 488 89 102 191 148 36 6 2 8 24


Brother of Sylvio
AHL Second All-Star Team (1941) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1937, 1939)
Traded to Washington (AHL) by Montreal for cash, October 9, 1941.