Mantha comes to the Blizzard with a wealth of experience both playing and coaching throughout many levels of pro and amateur hockey. Mantha enjoyed a 12 year career in the NHL playing for the Winnipeg Jets, Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers, and the Minnesota North Stars. Mantha was also a member of Team USA at the 1992 Olympics. He began his coaching career in 1994 with the Columbus Chill in the ECHL. From there he went on to coach the Cincinnati Might Ducks, affiliate of Anaheim in the AHL. After his time in pro minor league hockey, Mantha coached for 4 years in the NAHL with stints for the USNTDP in Ann Arbor and most recently with the Michigan Warriors. Mantha also coached in Canadian major junior hockey with the Windsor Spitfires, and the Saginaw Spirit of the OHL. Born outside of Cleveland in Lakewood, Ohio Mantha resides in Sturgeon Falls, Ontario with Kathy his wife of 35 years, and three children Ashley, Devin, and Brody.


 Brock Wilson - Assistant Coach

Wilson was born and raised in Des Peres, Missouri, which is a suburb of St. Louis where he has been coaching the AAA U16 team, as well as the programs Strength and Conditioning coach.  As a defensemen Wilson’s junior playing career started in 2001 with the Brockville Braves of CJHL where he played for three years, and also played in the NAHL in ’03-‘04 with the Springfield Spirit. After the ’04-’05 season where he played for the Gloucester Rangers in the CJHL, Wilson went on to play two years of division I hockey for Merrimack College. (Hockey East) Wilson’s professional career started in ’07-’08 with the Albany River Rats in the American Hockey League (AHL). Brock played six more seasons of professional hockey for teams in the IHL, ECHL, CHL, and one year in England.



Dan Garneau is entering his first season with the Blizzard.  Dan has spent the past two seasons with North American Central Scouting as scout who helps rank players for the NHL Draft.  Garneau is a native of Medicine Hat, Alberta where he played his minor hockey.  Before North American Central Scouting Dan was a regional scout for the Quebec Remparts and the Chicoutimi Sagueneens of the Quebec Major Junior League.  Garneau also owns Elite Hockey Prep Camp which is based out of Toronto, Ontario.  Elite Hockey Prep Camp helps moves players on to all levels of hockey from AAA to professional levels.