Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bob McManama
After starring with his high school hockey team in Belmont, Massachusetts, centre Bob McManama played three years at Harvard from 1970 to 1973. During his final two years with the school he established himself as one of the premiere scorers in the ECAC. He was chosen to the Second All-Star Team in 1972 and elevated himself to the First Team in 1973 after scoring 27 goals and 52 points in 22 games.

McManama had been selected by the WHA's New England Whalers in 1972 General Player Draft. However, after finishing off his collegiate career in 1973, he received a free agent contract from the Pittsburgh Penguins. It had always been McManama's dream to play in the NHL, so he decided to attend the Penguins camp, and although he was told he would have a fair chance at making the team, he was skeptical going in. "There really wasn't much precedence for playing jumping to from Harvard directly into the NHL," McMamana said. "I figured I'd be playing in the minors." But much to his surprise he made the Penguins. Only one other person from Harvard had made it to the NHL before McManama, and that was George Owens back in the 1920's.

McManama soon became the second-line centre on the Penguins' depth chart, behind Syl Apps Jr., flanked by Greg Polis and Jean Pronovost on the wings. Although he at times looked as if he'd be a long-time member of the Pens, McManama also went through several long periods of scoring droughts, and in fact spent a good part of the season in the minors with the Hershey Bears. McManama was known as an excellent playmaker, but ironically that positive attribute was also directly linked to his biggest flaw according to the Penguins, who felt he passed too often when he had a clear opportunity to shoot at the net himself.

In 47 games with Pittsburgh he counted five goals and 14 points. McManama was in and out of the team's lineup for the next two years before deciding to make the jump to the WHA and the New England Whalers, hoping he would regain his scoring touch in new surroundings in a league noted for its weaker defensive play. However, McManama was only able to muster three goals and 13 points in 37 games before the Whalers traded him to the Cleveland Crusaders. By now he was tired of the rigors of pro hockey and rather than continue toiling in the minors, decided to hang up the blades in 1976 at the age of 24.

Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1966-1969 Belmont Hill High School High-MA
1969-70 Harvard Crimson ECAC
1970-71 Harvard Crimson ECAC 27 13 32 45 36
1971-72 Harvard Crimson ECAC 26 24 30 54 34
1972-73 Harvard Crimson ECAC 22 27 25 52 33
1972-73 United States WEC-B 7 4 10 14
1973-74 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 47 5 14 19 18 -12
1973-74 Hershey Bears AHL 26 10 18 28 12
1974-75 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 40 5 9 14 6 +6 8 0 1 1 6
1974-75 Hershey Bears AHL 21 9 13 22 19
1975-76 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 12 1 2 3 4 0
1975-76 Hershey Bears AHL 8 3 3 6 6
1975-76 New England Whalers WHA 37 3 10 13 28 12 4 3 7 4
1975-76 Binghamton Dusters NAPro 5 3 5 8 0
NHL Totals 99 11 25 36 28 8 0 1 1 6

ECAC Second All-Star Team (1972)
ECAC First All-Star Team (1973)
NCAA East First All-American Team (1973)
Selected by New England (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, August, 1973. Traded to Cleveland (WHA) by New England (WHA) with Fred O'Donnell for Wayne Connelly, June, 1976.
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