Weight: 195 lbs
Birthdate: June 4 , 1990
Hometown: Prince George, British Columbia
Acquired: Signed as free agent (11-23-10).
“He’s pretty good in all areas. He puts points on the board, but he’s a guy you can have out in the last minute, too. He does a lot of things pretty well.” – Chilliwack coach Marc Habscheid.
Manning began his first full professional season with the Chilliwack Bruins of the Western Hockey League as an 18 year old rookie. He proved to be an astute pickup for the new franchise as he led all Bruins defenseman in scoring with 29 points (11 g, 18 a) and was fourth overall in team scoring. He struggled on the defensive end of things, finishing with a -32 which was good for second worst on the team.
It was a year of improvement for Manning and the Bruins. Manning was named captained in the middle of the season when the previous Bruins’ captain was traded. He helped lead the Bruins to a playoff birth after missing the playoffs the previous season. He set a personal best in points with 54 in 69 games, which he nearly doubled from the previous season. His point totals were good for 3rd in team scoring and 8th amongst all defenders in the WHL. He set a career high in assists with 41, which was more than double his previous year’s totals. He improved his plus/minus from second worst on the team in 09 to a team best +20. Manning also tied for a team high in points in the playoffs with 6 (all assists) in 6 games.
Manning started the year as a invitee to the New York Rangers’ training camp. The Rangers offered him an AHL contract, but he opted to return to the Chilliwack Bruins. It proved to be the correct decision as he got off to a red hot start in the WHL (18 points in his first 11 games) which he parlayed into a three year entry level deal with the Philadelphia Flyers in November. He eventually cooled off from his red hot start, but srtill produced the best the best year of his career in terms of points per game with 53 points in 53 games. He set a career high in goals with 21, which was 8 more than his previous year’s high. Manning also captained the Bruins to another playoff birth, but he struggled to produce offensively, scoring only 1 goal in 5 games.