Bob McManus

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Tech goalie Bob McManus (r) blocks shot by Bill McFarland of Wolverines in 1955 game.

Robert Michael McManus

Born: July 1, 1930 (North Bay, Ont.)
Died: October 4, 2013 (Calgary)

Member: Michigan Tech Sports Hall of Fame (2001)

After four years in the seminary, Bob McManus, a native of North Bay, Ont., was recruited to the Michigan College of Mining and Technology (now Michigan Tech) as a goaltender for the hockey team. He backstopped the Huskies for four seasons from 1953-54 to 1956-57, earning First Team all-star honours in 1955 and Second Team honours in 1956 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. He was also named the Huskies’ most valuable player for the 1954-55 season.

On Feb. 25, 1956, the Huskies with McManus in goal defeated Michigan State by 3-1 to advance to the NCAA Frozen Four finals for the first time in school history.

The tournament was held at the Broadmoor Ice Palace at Colorado Springs, Colo. The Huskies defeated Boston College 10-4 to advance to the final against cross-state rivals Michigan. The championship game was tied 5-5 when the Spartans snapped  two goals past McManus just 11 seconds apart in the second period. Neither team scored in the third, as Tech lost the title game, 7-5.

His brother, Jack, was a star goal scorer for the team as a winger. Jack McManus was named team captain for the 1956-57 season.

In a game on Feb. 12, 1956, McManus shut out Minnesota as the Huskies defeated the Gophers, 2-0, with brother Jack netting the insurance goal. The opposing goalie was Jack McCartan, who, four years later, earned a gold medal for the United States in the Olympic tournament at Squaw Valley, Calif.

McManus graduated with a degree in geological engineering. He moved to Calgary, where he worked for Mobil Oil and Dome Petroleum.

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The goaltending of Bob McManus (upper right) helped take the Michigan Tech Huskies to the school’s first Frozen Four tournament in 1955.

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