MINNEAPOLIS (GopherSports.com) – Signed Gopher Hockey prospect Brannon McManus helped the Chicago Steel capture the organization’s first USHL Clark Cup on Tuesday night in a thrilling 3-2 overtime victory on the road over Sioux City.
A native of Newport Beach, Calif., McManus tallied 10 points (six goals, four assists) in 14 Clark Cup playoff games for the Steel. His three game-winning goals in the playoffs led the USHL. The forward, who split the regular season between Chicago and Omaha, totaled 38 points (18 goals, 20 assists) in 53 games this season.
The 2016-17 campaign was certainly rewarding for McManus, who also helped the U.S. Junior Select Team to a gold medal at the World Junior A Challenge in December.
In 2015-16, McManus was named to the USHL All-Rookie Second Team and helped the U.S. Under-18 Select Team to a silver medal at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup. He also competed at the 2016 USA Hockey/CCM All-American Prospects Game and helped Shattuck-St. Mary’s win the 2014 Toyota/USA Hockey Tier I Youth National Championship.
McManus is just the second California native set to play for the Gophers in the modern era, joining goaltender John Blue (1984-87). He is ranked 191st among North American skaters for the 2017 NHL Draft Prospect Rankings.
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