Moe Mantha, Sr., ice hockey player & politician, died at 81

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Maurice William Mantha, born on December 13, 1933 and died September 19, 2015, he was a Canadian ice hockey player and politician.

Born in North Bay, Ontario, Mantha played minor league hockey for several teams in the American Hockey League, the Quebec Hockey League and the Western Hockey League (minor pro) from 1954 to 1970.

Moe subsequently returned to Sturgeon Falls and operated his own business (Laurentide Golf Club) for a number of years before entering politics, serving as the Reeve of Springer Township.

In the 1984 federal election, Moe ran as the Progressive Conservative candidate in Nipissing.

He won the seat, defeating Liberal incumbent Jean-Jacques Blais.

In the 1988 election, however, Moe was defeated by Liberal candidate Bob Wood.

Mantha ran again in the 1993 election, but lost to Wood again.

Moe’s son, Moe Mantha, Jr., played in the National Hockey League from 1980 to 1992, and subsequently became a coach for several teams in the AHL.

His grandson, Ryan Mantha, was drafted by the New York Rangers in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Moe Mantha, Sr. died on September 19, 2015 at the age of 81 after a brief illness.