The Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League named Dave Manson as their assistant coach on Monday. Manson spent this past season as the associate coach of the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League.
Manson had been with the Raiders for an extensive period of time. He was an assistant coach with Prince Albert from 2002 to 2008 and an associate coach with them since 2012.
A veteran defenseman of the National Hockey League, Manson played 16 seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks, Edmonton Oilers, Winnipeg Jets, Phoenix Coyotes, Montreal Canadiens, Dallas Stars and Toronto Maple Leafs from 1986 to 2002.
Manson was the Blackhawks' first round draft pick, 11th overall, in the 1985 National Hockey League Entry Draft. Known for his aggressive style of play, twice he had 300 penalty minutes or more in a season while with Chicago. It was also while with the Blackhawks, Manson had his finest NHL season offensively. He had a career high 18 goals, 36 assists and 54 points in 1988-89, but also had 352 penalty minutes, which was third in the NHL that season. Only Tim Hunter of the Stanley Cup champion Calgary Flames at 375 penalty minutes and Basil McRae of the Minnesota North Stats at 365 penalty minutes had more penalty minutes than Manson that season.
The Condors also announced that Jean-Francois Houle will return as their assistant coach. Houle has been the Condors assistant the last three seasons.
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