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About a month ago some reporters (Adam Brady and Eric Stephens) got to spend some time with the recently signed Anaheim Ducks defenseman Josh Manson and he described himself as being a ‘Late Bloomer’ which I find interesting, because I don’t see that when I am watching him in the game or when he does for the Ducks foundations on the side so when I read the article “Self-Described ‘Late Bloomer’ Manson Is All Grown Up in Anaheim” by Adam Brady, and “A comfortable Josh Manson is now part of the Ducks’ grand plan” by Eric Stephens. In this post I will talk about some things that I now know about #42 defenseman of the Anaheim Ducks, Josh Manson, and a few really interesting personal things that came out during an interview with Josh Manson and how he got to the NHL and playing for the Anaheim Ducks, and about growing up with his father that was a NHL hockey player.
Josh Manson fighting and being a beast with Jonny Geadreau- angry from intentional knee-on-knee injury that sent Cam Fowler to the locker room who was out for the rest of the playoffs.
Josh Manson is one of those big bodies on the ice the beastly kind because he is one of the players on the Anaheim Ducks that is known for knocking the opposing players into oblivion, so it is indeed pretty interesting to hear that Manson describes himself as a ‘late bloomer’.
Josh Manson is now closer to his teammate Jared Boll. Even though he bought a place in Prince Albert over the summer and built a gym in the garage to help him train during offseason. He still rents a house in Newport Beach, one that once belonged to former Anaheim Duck Tim Jackman and his next door neighbor just happens to be Jared Boll. What do you know, there are two beastly Ducks living right next door from each other. Manson known for his hits and then you got Boll who I have come up with many saying for when he hits, knocks over, or fight with the opposing team. Bolldozer, I came in like a wrecking Boll, watch out for the Bolling Boll.
Photo of Josh Manson and father Dave Manson
Josh Manson was born in Chicago, which was at the time where his father Dave Manson was playing for the Chicago Blackhawks, but then was traded to the Edmonton Oilers, that was only 4 days after Josh Manson was born. We all know that hockey players traded to different teams all over the United States and Canada. The Manson family moved around a lot due to the fact that Josh Manson is the son of a NHL player that has played for seven different NHL teams in his Career. Here are some of the teams that Dave Manson played on: Winnipeg Jets, Phoenix Coyotes (who are now called the Arizona Coyotes), Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks (came back to Chicago), Dallas Stars, and the Toronto Maple Leafs before the end of his NHL career. So what does that mean, Josh and his 3 siblings moved around a lot.
Something interesting about Josh Manson is that he has a dual citizenship in the U.S. and Canada, but according to Josh Manson who said, “I feel more Canadian because that’s where my whole family is from, and my dad played more in Canada after I was born.”
When we grow up there is always expectations that are there some that we achieve in the way people want them to and there are some that we don’t necessarily achieve. The expectations as you can imagine were high for Josh Manson. “But when your father is Dave Manson, a bruising defenseman who played more than 1,100 games in the NHL for seven different teams, expectations are naturally high. Yet at a time when a lot of future NHLers come into their own physically, Josh Manson still had a lot of growing up to do.”
Josh Manson growing up
Josh Manson went to College in Massachusetts before finding a home on a NHL team. He spent 3 years at Northeastern University of Massachusetts after being taken by Anaheim in the 2011 NHL Draft. “During his junior year at Northeastern, he was selected as Hockey East’s Best Defensive Defenseman and was named to the Hockey East Second All-Star Team. But most importantly, he used that time to mature both physically and mentally. “I found I went the perfect route,” he says, “I went to college and got myself an extra two or three years that I needed to develop and really find my game, come into my own and develop as a player as a person.”
Josh Manson (feelings on what has gone on in hockey career): “It’s just the way my progression has gone as a hockey player, it just seemed to happen later than it did for other guys,” says the now 26-year-old Manson, the Ducks defenseman in the middle of his fourth NHL season. “Some of these guys are 18 years old, and fully big and strong already. When I was 18, I was nowhere near being a professional athlete. So I felt a little behind all the time, and there’s nothing wrong with that.”
Josh Manson being Drafted
Josh Manson’s draft-day is a day that didn’t involve hugging friends and family before striding to the stage in a suit and slipping on a brand new jersey. He didn’t go until early in the sixth round, and he wasn’t even aware he was picked until his phone rang while he was hanging around his family home in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.
“I actually thought the draft was later on in the day,” he says with a laugh. “So I was kind of getting along with my day, and all of a sudden I got a call from my agent, “Hey, you’ve been drafted!” So that was that.
Manson’s Signing NHL contract (March 2014)
Josh Manson signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Anaheim Ducks during March of 2014. The following season he got his first chance up with the big club and he’s hardly looked back, Josh Manson is evolving into one of Anaheim’s MOST RELIABLE DEFENSEMEN. Last year he played all 82 games and led all Ducks defensemen in hits. Josh Manson doesn’t get all the fanfare that Cam Fowler, Sami Vatanen, and Hampus Lindholm but over the past few months the Ducks have shown how much they value Manson. With the Vegas Golden Knights expansion team they decided to give Shea Theadore to Vegas rather than losing Josh Manson to the golden Knights. “Coming out of it and still being here in Anaheim, I couldn’t have been happier,” Manson says. “It was just another way they showed they wanted me to stay here.”
Manson’s New Contract-Extension (Oct 2017)
According to the Anaheim Ducks, early October the Ducks signed Manson to a four-year contract extension that will ensure he stays in Anaheim through the 2021-22 season. “I don’t know if there are words for it, but it’s what you’ve always wanted,” Manson says. “You want that kind of security from your team. And when they commit to four years, that’s when you know they have faith in you as well and they think you’re a valuable member of the team.”
Josh Manson’s thoughts on California and his love for Anaheim
“I’d never been to California before that, and I didn’t know much about it. All that I knew about was the rink, the Doubletree Hotel and the area around it. The only place they took us out to was Huntington Beach, which was great, but I had no idea guys live down along the beach in Newport and those areas. As I slowly began to realize it, I was like, God, this is an awesome setup. You can go to the rink during the day, come home to the beachand go surfing if you want.”
I’m comfortable here in Anaheim, the whole organization. I love the city, I love the fans and I just love playing here. I couldn’t be happier
LET’S GO DUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Source: Adam Brady- “Self-Described ‘Late Bloomer’ Manson Is All Grown Up in Anaheim”
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