Prince Albert, SK – The Prince Albert Raiders announced Thursday that the club will retire Dave Manson’s number “4” in a special pre-game ceremony on Friday, February 12 as part of a weekend celebration honouring the Prince Albert legend.
Manson will be the second player in Raiders franchise history to have his number retired, joining Mike Modano’s number “9” in the rafters at the Art Hauser Centre.
“Dave exemplifies everything this organization stands for and is the ultimate Raider. Both as a player and coach, he has always displayed amazing character, desire, and passion while being a tremendous team player,” said Raiders general manager Curtis Hunt. “We are excited to be able to honour Dave and celebrate his hockey journey from Prince Albert and back again.”
Considered one of the greatest players in franchise history, Manson played three seasons with the Raiders from 1983 to 1986 and was a key piece of the team’s Memorial Cup championship in 1985. In 218 games with the Raiders, Manson compiled 24 goals and 72 assists for 96 points. One of the toughest players to suit up in the WHL, Manson commanded respect on the ice with his physical play as he collected 666 penalty minutes.
Manson went on to be selected in the first round, 11th overall, in the 1985 National Hockey League Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks. He joined Chicago for his rookie season in 1986-87 and quickly established himself as one of the toughest and most punishing players in the league, garnering the nickname “Charlie”. Manson would play 1103 games in the NHL over 16 seasons with the Blackhawks, Edmonton Oilers, Winnipeg Jets, Phoenix Coyotes, Montreal Canadiens, Dallas Stars, and Toronto Maple Leafs. He record 102 goals and 288 assists for 390 points with 2792 penalty minutes and was twice named to the NHL All-Star Game.
After retiring from his NHL career, Manson rejoined his hometown team and became the assistant coach of the Raiders in 2002. He is currently in his 12th season behind the bench with the team.
Following his jersey retirement, the Raiders will host the “Roast of Dave Manson” in the Ches Leach Lounge on Saturday, February 13. The evening will feature special NHL guests as well as family and friends of Manson. The former voice of the Raiders and current radio voice for the Winnipeg Jets, Brian Munz will be the event’s master of ceremony. Tables of eight are available for $600.00 by visiting the Raider Office or by calling 306-765-2830.
The City of Prince Albert and mayor Greg Dionne has also proclaimed the weekend of February 12-13 as Dave Manson Weekend.
The Raiders are on the road this week as they begin a four-game stretch in Alberta, starting with a match-up against the Calgary Hitmen on Thursday, December 3. The team returns to the Art Hauser Centre on Saturday, December 12 when they host the Kamloops Blazers for Canadian Tire Teddy Bear Toss Night. For ticket information, visit raiderhockey.com or call 764-GAME.