He first arrived in the big leagues via the Western Hockey League's Spokane Comets in 1960-61. He picked up seven games and a 2.57 goals-against average as a backup to future Hall of Famer Johnny Bower, the 1961 Vezina Trophy winner. Exit Maniago to the minors.
The following year, he was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens who had future Hall of Famer Jacques Plante, the 1962 Vezina Trophy holder. Exit Maniago to the minors-- again.
From his 14-game stint in Montreal, Maniago drifted in the minors with seven different clubs from 1963-65. It was at that time that the New York Rangers secured his rights and brought him to Broadway to serve as a backup to future Hall of Famer Eddie Giacomin. At least this time Maniago picked up 34 games before being claimed by the Minnesota North Stars in the Expansion Draft of 1967. He played nine seasons there. In 1976, Maniago was traded to Vancouver where he played out his final two seasons of pro hockey before retiring.
Did you know
He surrendered Boom Boom Geoffrion's 50th goal of the season in 1961 to make him only the second player to score 50 in a season.
Bobby Hull scored his 51st of the season against Maniago in 1966, thus marking the first time a player scored more than 50 goals in a single season.
Stan Mikita scored his 500th career goal against Maniago in 1977.
Received these blue ink signed cards TTM
Return envelope but can't read postmark. As with all my old TTM's, it would be from the 80's.