Manning inks pro deal

The Chilliwack Bruins announced Tuesday that defenceman Brandon Manning has signed a three year entry level contract with the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers.

After going undrafted in last summer’s NHL entry draft, the 20-year-old was free to sign with the big league club of his choice. Manning previously attended prospect and training camps with the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Rangers.

But among the handful of teams expressing interest, it was the Flyers who impressed him the most.

“They were in the mix since the summer, wanting me to come to their camp, and their level of interest made my decision pretty easy,” he explained. “Their general manger (Paul Holmgren) came forward with an offer that we liked, and I’ve heard from a couple coaches in the league that Philadelphia is a great organization and great place to play.”

Fully confident in his on-ice abilities, Manning always believed 100 per cent that he would be signed, and he maintained that belief even as several of his Chilliwack teammates were drafted by NHL teams. Finally getting his name on a contract was a relief, knowing that the road is now paved towards the next step in professional hockey.

“You set out when you’re young to play in the NHL and it’s a bit of a relief to know going forward that I’ve got three years to become a professional and move on from there,” Manning said. “It’s a relief to get it done and not have to worry about going to school or finding a job after hockey. I can look at hockey as my life and my job and that’s pretty exciting.”

Manning will spend the duration of the 2010-11 season with the Chilliwack Bruins, trying to put the finishing touches on an impressive major junior career.

Manning showed up in Chilliwack late in the 2007-08 season, making the jump from the B.C. Hockey League’s Prince George Spruce Kings.

He played six regular season and four playoff games that year before making the leap to full-time duty in 2008-09.

Last year was his breakout season, setting career highs in goals (13) and points (54) in 69 games played. He’s taken it to another level this year. Coming into action on Wednesday night, Manning was leading all Western Hockey League defencemen in scoring with 10 goals and 26 points in 20 games. He has only been held pointless in two games this season.

Manning surpassed David Robinson as the all-time Bruins penalty king late last year, accumulating 341 penalty minutes to date. Earlier this season, Manning (167-34-75-109) eclipsed former Bruins captain Nick Holden (137-30-61-91) as the top scoring blueliner in Chilliwack franchise history.

“I think one of the things Philly liked about me was my all-round game,” Manning noted. “I can put pucks in the net, but at the same time my defensive game has been solid. I play a physical hard-nosed style and I’m not afraid to drop the gloves. Obviously, I can still improve my defensive game and work on the some of the little things, just trying to get better every day.”

Manning and the Bruins are in action Friday night, hosting the Portland Winter Hawks at Prospera Centre.

Puck drop is 7:30 p.m.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson outlines the province’s three-year budget in Victoria, April 20, 2021. (B.C. government video)
B.C. deficit to grow by $19 billion for COVID-19 recovery spending

Pandemic-year deficit $5 billion lower than forecast

Mark Strahl, MP for Chilliwack-Hope, delivered a statement in the hybrid sitting of the House of Commons on March 23, 2021, calling on the Liberal government to present a plan for when COVID-19 restrictions can be safely eased. (Screenshot/ Mark Strahl)
Chilliwack Hope MP Strahl says federal budget doesn’t reflect needs of Canadians

MP says budget illustrates that Liberals don’t have a plan to recover from COVID-19 losses

The spooky scarecrow of the Valley Huskers takes on the logo of the Regina Thunder in a national social media contest produced by Football Canada.
Huskers logo needs your online vote in semi-final round of Football Canada contest

The scarecrow has 2 more foes to vanquish to be named the best amateur football logo in the country

Kosumi Street in the Sardis neighbourhood of Chilliwack was opened to traffic on April 14, 2021. (City of Chilliwack)
New connector road in Sardis opened to traffic

Kosumi Street was named to honour roots of Japanese-Canadian family that settled in Chilliwack

Rene Cortin/Wikimedia commons
Chilliwack Bowls of Hope Society pilot program promotes garden growing

Twenty Chilliwack families are participating in the ‘Garden Box to the Table’ program

FILE – NDP Leader John Horgan, right, and local candidate Mike Farnworth greet one another with an elbow bump during a campaign stop in Coquitlam, B.C., on Friday, September 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. won’t be using random individual road stops to enforce travel rules: Safety Minister

Minister Mike Farnworth says travel checks only being considered at major highway junctions, ferry ports

A man pauses at a coffin after carrying it during a memorial march to remember victims of overdose deaths in Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. announces historic half-billion-dollar funding for overdose crisis, mental health

Of it, $152 million will be used to address the opioid crisis and see the creation of 195 new substance use treatment beds

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Children’s backpacks and shoes are seen at a CEFA (Core Education and Fine Arts) Early Learning daycare franchise, in Langley, B.C., on Tuesday May 29, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. budget to expand $10-a-day child care, but misses the mark on ‘truly universal’ system

$111 million will be used to fund 3,750 new $10-a-day spaces though 75 additional ChildCareBC universal prototype sites over the next three years.

John Wekking, Merritt Road Report - Facebook
 Coquihalla Road Report
Wildfire sparks off Coquihalla in Merritt

The wildfire is located near the Dollarama off of Highway 5

Mak Parhar speaks at an anti-mask rally outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. Parhar was arrested on Nov. 2 and charged with allegedly violating the Quarantine Act after returning from a Flat Earth conference held in Geenville, South Carolina on Oct. 24. (Flat Earth Focker/YouTube.com screenshot)
Judge tosses lawsuit of B.C. COVID-denier who broke quarantine after Flat Earth conference

Mak Parhar accused gov, police of trespass, malfeasance, extortion, terrorism, kidnapping and fraud

Ambulance paramedic in full protective gear works outside Lion’s Gate Hospital, March 23, 2020. Hospitals are seeing record numbers of COVID-19 patients more than a year into the pandemic. (The Canadian Press)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection rate declines, 849 cases Tuesday

Up to 456 people now in hospital, 148 in intensive care

Most Read