After testing his luck overseas, Brandon Manning will be staying in Germany. The veteran defenseman has signed an extension with the Straubing Tigers, explaining why he’s staying:
My family and I like it very much in Straubing, it’s just a real ice hockey town. The team is great and we showed last season that we can compete with the top teams in the league. I had a lot of fun playing with the boys and I’m looking forward to getting started again soon,
Manning, 32, last played in the NHL during the 2019-20 season when he was with the Edmonton Oilers organization. The following season he didn’t play at all and then ended up in Germany playing big minutes in the DEL for 2021-22. He ended the year with 22 points in 38 games, production he hadn’t experienced in years.
There was a time when Manning was a regular at the NHL level, racking up games for the Philadelphia Flyers as a physical two-way defender. He also had some outstanding seasons in the AHL, as one of the most feared fighters in the league while also producing offense at a high level. In 2013 and 2015 he was an AHL All-Star, leading to those opportunities in the NHL.