The Des Moines Buccaneers announced today the hiring of Tom Mannino as General Manager and Director of Player Development.
“We are thrilled to introduce Tom Mannino to our team and our fans as the new General Manager and Director of Player Development of the Buccaneers,” said Des Moines president Nate Teut.
"We are excited to have Tom become a part of the Buccaneer family and we expect he will play a significant role in Des Moines Buccaneers hockey," said Buccaneers co-owner Scott Clemmensen. "He has been a successful scout, recruiter and developer of talent and we believe he will help rebuild this organization."
Mannino comes to the Buccaneers after spending the last four years as a scout with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League. Mannino played an instrumental role in the success of the Knights during that span, including the team winning a 2016 Memorial Cup championship.
“There is something really special happening in Des Moines. The passion and vision of the new ownership group coupled with the strength and energy of the community is what makes the opportunity to lead the Buccaneers into the future so exciting," said Mannino. "I can’t wait to get started on restoring the tradition of success that has so proudly connected the community of Des Moines with elite junior hockey."
"The opportunity to work for a first-class ownership group is something that made the decision for my wife Suzy and I very easy. It’s an honor to accept this role.”
In addition to his success as a scout, Mannino brings with him eight years of head coaching experience at the highest levels of AAA as well as 5 years of Michigan high school hockey. As Head Coach of Detroit Little Caesars, Mannino mentored Florida native Jakob Chychrun, the 16th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft by the Arizona Coyotes. Through the years, Mannino has worked with numerous players who have gone on to successful careers in the NHL, NCAA, USHL and elsewhere.
As a player, the Farmington Hills, MI native played four seasons of junior hockey, including spending the 2006-07 campaign with the Tri-City Storm. Mannino then played two seasons for the University of Calgary. Following two seasons in Calgary, Mannino returned to Detroit to establish the roots of his coaching career.
Tom is the cousin of Peter Mannino, the former Tri-City Storm goaltender and Chicago Steel assistant coach who is now an Associate Head Coach at Miami University.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 16th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2017-18. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in five consecutive NHL Drafts, and more than 400 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
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