Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Randy Manery
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.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1966-67 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 47 2 3 5 28 17 2 2 4 18
1967-68 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 53 3 20 23 65 11 0 7 7 28
1968-69 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 54 4 25 29 100 5 1 1 2 6
1969-70 Fort Worth Wings CHL 67 1 15 16 46 7 0 0 0 2
1970-71 Detroit Red Wings NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -1
1970-71 Fort Worth Wings CHL 72 16 32 48 53 4 0 1 1 4
1971-72 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1971-72 Fort Worth Wings CHL 72 6 35 41 89 7 1 3 4 6
1972-73 Atlanta Flames NHL 78 5 30 35 44 -2
1973-74 Atlanta Flames NHL 78 8 29 37 75 +15 4 0 2 2 4
1974-75 Atlanta Flames NHL 68 5 27 32 48 +18
1975-76 Atlanta Flames NHL 80 7 32 39 42 +2 2 0 0 0 0
1976-77 Atlanta Flames NHL 73 5 24 29 33 -2 3 0 0 0 0
1977-78 Los Angeles Kings NHL 79 6 27 33 61 -12 2 0 0 0 2
1978-79 Los Angeles Kings NHL 71 8 27 35 64 +6 2 0 0 0 6
1979-80 Los Angeles Kings NHL 52 6 10 16 48 -13
NHL Totals 582 50 206 256 415 13 0 2 2 12


Brother of Kris
OHA-Jr. First All-Star Team (1969)
CHL Second All-Star Team (1972) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1973)
Claimed by Atlanta from Detroit in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1972. Traded to Los Angeles by Atlanta for Ab DeMarco Jr., May 23, 1977.
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