Manson with the Norfolk Admirals in 2014
October 7, 1991|
Hinsdale, Illinois, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)|
|NHL team||Anaheim Ducks|
160th overall, 2011|
Joshua David Manson (born October 7, 1991) is an American professional ice hockey defenceman and alternate captain for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL). Manson was selected by the Ducks in the sixth round, 160th overall, of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He is the son of former longtime NHL defenceman, Dave Manson.
Manson played three seasons of NCAA Division I hockey with Northeastern University, wherein his outstanding play was rewarded when he was selected as HE Best Defensive Defenseman and was named to the 2013–14 Hockey East Second All-Star Team.
Manson wasn't initially interested in ice hockey and was debating whether to try out for the midget team. During the 2008-09 season, Manson committed to play for the Salmon Arm Silverbacks of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL).
Manson became a defenceman during his second season with the Silverbacks, following injuries to the lineup and elected to develop himself in the position.
Manson recorded 12 goals and 35 assists in 57 games with the Silverbacks, which earned him consideration to be selected in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Prior to the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Manson accepted a scholarship to play NCAA Division I ice hockey for Quinnipiac University for the 2012–13 season. Manson was drafted in the sixth round, by the Anaheim Ducks. Following his selection, Manson opted to transfer from Quinnipiac to Northeastern University.
Manson joined the Northeastern Huskies men's ice hockey team for their 2011–12 season, where he played in 22 games and recorded four points. The following season, Manson recorded his first collegiate goal in overtime against the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. During his junior season, Manson was named team captain. He was selected as HE Best Defensive Defenseman and was named to the 2013–14 Hockey East Second All-Star Team.
On March 25, 2014, forgoing his final year of collegiate eligibility, Manson signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Anaheim Ducks. He began the season with the Norfolk Admirals in the American Hockey League (AHL) before being recalled to the NHL level due to various injuries. After Mark Fistric suffered an upper-body injury during a game against the St. Louis Blues he subsequently made his NHL debut on October 31, 2014, against the Dallas Stars. During the game, he registered one hit in 12:30 of ice time and played on the teams' penalty kill. Manson split his time between the Admirals and Ducks during the season, playing 28 games with Anaheim and 36 games in the AHL.
After attending the Ducks' training camp, Manson was named to their opening night roster prior to the 2015–16 season but was shortly thereafter placed on their injured reserve due to an unspecified upper-body injury. Following a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 24, Manson was fined $2,487 for making an inappropriate throat-slashing gesture towards Nazem Kadri. As the Ducks made the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs, Manson played in Game 1 of the First Round against the Nashville Predators but was knocked out of the game following a hit from Filip Forsberg. As a result of the hit, Manson did not play for the remainder of the series.
The following season, Manson scored his first career NHL goal on November 6 during a home game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He scored at 8:46 of the third period to help the Ducks win 4–2. He appeared in 71 games and recorded 15 points while playing alongside Hampus Lindholm. During the Ducks' playoff berth, Manson was praised for his physical play during their series against the Edmonton Oilers and Nashville Predators. In Game 7 against the Oilers, Manson set a new franchise playoff hit record with 11 within 20:38 of ice time in the 2–1 win.
On October 4, 2017, Manson signed a four-year contract extension with the Ducks through the 2021–22 NHL season. In the first year of his new contract, Manson set career highs in goals, assists, and points. He continued to play alongside Lindholm and they combined for a 53.53 Corsi-For percentage at even strength.
After attending the Ducks' training camp, Manson was named to their opening night roster prior to the 2019–20 season. However, in late October Manson suffered an MCL sprain during a game against the Dallas Stars and was expected to be out of the lineup for 5–10 weeks.
On January 21, 2021, it was announced that Manson would be out nearly six weeks with an oblique muscle injury sustained against the Minnesota Wild.
Manson was born in the Chicago area suburb of Hinsdale, Illinois, when his father Dave played for the Chicago Blackhawks. Four days after his birth, his father was traded to the Edmonton Oilers.
Manson is the oldest of four siblings and comes from a family of strong athletic lineage. His sister Meagan previously played soccer for the University of Saskatchewan, while his brother Ben previously played for the La Ronge Ice Wolves of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Manson is the cousin of current DEL defenseman Dylan Yeo.
Manson and his wife Julie have one daughter together.
|2007–08||Prince Albert Mintos AAA||SMHL||42||4||6||10||73||8||2||0||2||0|
|2008–09||Prince Albert Mintos AAA||SMHL||40||19||16||35||64||3||1||0||1||4|
|2008–09||Flin Flon Bombers||SJHL||2||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||Salmon Arm Silverbacks||BCHL||54||10||14||24||75||6||1||0||1||15|
|2010–11||Salmon Arm Silverbacks||BCHL||57||12||35||47||80||14||2||7||9||15|
Awards and honours
|Hockey East Second All-Star Team||2013–14|||
|HE Best Defensive Defenseman||2013–14|||
|Hockey East All-Academic Team||2013–14|||
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- "Ducks Sign Manson to Four-Year Contract Extension". nhl.com. National Hockey League. October 4, 2017. Retrieved March 6, 2021.
- Manderichio, AJ (August 23, 2018). "Ducks 2017-18 Player Review - Josh Manson". nhl.com. National Hockey League. Retrieved March 7, 2021.
- "Manson out 5-10 weeks for Ducks with MCL sprain". nhl.com. National Hockey League. October 30, 2019. Retrieved March 7, 2021.
- "Manson out about six weeks for Ducks with oblique injury". nhl.com. National Hockey League. January 21, 2021. Retrieved March 6, 2021.
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- Brady, Adam (October 9, 2017). "Self-Described 'Late Bloomer' Manson Is All Grown Up in Anaheim". nhl.com. National Hockey League. Retrieved March 6, 2021.
- Brady, Adam (January 13, 2017). "Manson's Sister Has Her Own Athletic Success". nhl.com. National Hockey League. Retrieved March 6, 2021.
- D'Andrea, Jeff (May 31, 2020). "New dad Josh Manson won't have to find things to do during long pandemic offseason". sasknow.com. Retrieved March 6, 2021.
- "109 STUDENT-ATHLETES NAMED TO ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM" (PDF). hockeyeastonline.com. June 27, 2014. Retrieved March 7, 2021.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
|Awards and achievements|
| Hockey East Best Defensive Defenseman