By: Mark Allred | Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277
Happy 45th Birthday To Former Boston Bruins Forward Eric Manlow!
Manlow was born on April 7th, 1975, in Belleville, Ontario and was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round of the 1993 National Hockey League Entry Draft. Before his draft year, the 6′-0″ 180-pound forward played a majority of his junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League with the Kitchener Rangers finishing the last 16 games of his fourth season in the league with the Detriot Jr. Red Wings. In his OHL career, Manlow posted 95-118-213 numbers in 221 games.
After leaving the OHL he’d go onto being a journeyman in the minor-pro ranks for the next four seasons bouncing around in the American Hockey League, East Coast Hockey League, and the now-defunct International Hockey League. In January of 2000, Manlow would sign mid-season as a free agent with the Boston Bruins top minor-pro affiliate the Providence Bruins finishing the year with 17-16-33 numbers in 46 games. The NHL Bruins would sign him to a free-agent contract in July of 2000 spending most of his time with the Rhode Island club playing in 130 games contributing 29-86-115 numbers.
In his time with the NHL Bruins, he appeared in 11 games in the top league in the world tallying one assist. In July of 2002, he would move onto the New York Islanders organization signing as a free agent which he’d see his last 26 NHL games posting 2-3-5 numbers. Manlow would spend the rest of his professional hockey career playing in the AHL with his final year in the 2007-08 campaign with the Hamilton Bulldogs an organization he signed with a year before.
Eric would post impressive 142-274-416 totals in the AHL, 40-57-97 numbers in the ECHL but in limited time in the NHL only contributed 2-4-6 totals in 37 career games. Regardless of his lack of NHL success, Manlow would serve as a good depth player for several organizations and even had a championship-winning season helping the Hamilton Bulldogs to a Calder Cup raising year in 2007 in his second to last pro year before retiring from the game following the 2007-08 campaign.