Congratulations to Brandon Manning who recently signed a three year entry level contract with the NHL Philadelphia Flyers. Brandon played with the Spruce Kings for just one season, but in that one season he showed a poise and understanding of the game that saw him become a respected defenceman in the BCHL.
In his rookie season spent with his hometown team, Manning suited up for the Spruce Kings in 58 games scoring 7 goals while setting up 19 others. Manning was a fierce competitor that battled hard and served his fair share of penalty minutes for his hard work picking up 107 minutes in penalities. At the end of season, Manning had an opportunity to play with the Chilliwack Bruins for the final six games and that turned into another three seasons.
Overlooked in the NHL Entry Draft, Manning has become a shining example of what hard work and determination can do for a player. This past training camp season, Manning skated with the New York Rangers but opted out of signing a contract to return to his Major Junior team for his twenty year old season.
*NOTE* Just wanted to throw out there that I stumbled upon an online player bio for another Spruce Kings alumni ... Jeff Forsythe is listed with the University of Wisconsin Superior ... with another alumni - Kyle Leahy.