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Randy Manery
Randy Manery
Defenseman
Number: 12
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 185
Shoots:
Born: Jan 10, 1949
Birthplace: Leamington, ON, Canada
While playing junior hockey for the Hamilton Red Wings of the OHA in 1966-67, Randy Manery decided to fully exploit his situation by picking up course credits at McMaster University while developing his craft on ice.

By 1969, with his schooling complete, he elected to turn pro in the Detroit Red Wings' chain with the Fort Worth Wings of the CHL. Over the three seasons he spent in the organization, he got only two brief tryouts with the parent club that amounted to little more than a tutorial on bench warming. Otherwise, he had plenty of time in Texas to refine his game.

His first real break came when the expansion Atlanta Flames secured his rights in 1972. The fledgling Flames could use all of the defensive help they could get which afforded Manery his first chance to show the Wings what they'd been missing.

Over the five seasons that followed, he established himself as one of his team's most consistent defenders. Although not a hitter, he earned his marks as a cool customer who could skate well, move the puck with ease, shoot well from the point, and perform effectively under pressure.

He might well have remained a Flame throughout his career. But by 1977, the club was increasingly strapped for cash. To cut corners, the team traded Manery and his salary to the Los Angeles Kings.

During his first two seasons on the West Coast, he was consistently his team's best all-around defender. He was usually teamed with resident brawler Dave Hutchison who was known to spiral out of control. Manery brought a steadying influence that helped keep the duo more focused.

In his third and final season with the Kings, the usually dependable blueliner became inexplicably lethargic. He plodded through the first part of the campaign like an overripe apple ready to fall. It took some time, but it was eventually discovered that he'd been suffering from an iron deficiency in his blood. He gradually recovered, however, to complete the season and then retired for keeps.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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