Hab Goalies
Cesare Maniago 1962-1963
By Le Goalie
Feb 10, 2004, 19:56

Maniago is another solid goaltender who made his mark on the NHL thanks to expansion. Maniago's odyssey began in 1960-61 with the Leafs, with whom he played seven games (including the game in which Bernie Geoffrion scored his 50th goal of the season).

When the season ended, Maniago was picked up by the Canadiens and played in the minor leagues for a year before being called up in 1962-63 to serve as Jacques Plante's back-up. He played 14 consecutive games and had an average of 3.07, but with Lorne Worsley obtained in a trade for Plante, and Charlie Hodge still around, Maniago had no choice but to pack his bags and head back to the minors.

He played with the New York Rangers in 1965, but his career really took off when six new teams were created in 1967. Maniago went to Minnesota and was their first-string goaltender for nine seasons. He ended his career in Vancouver, where he played from 1976 to 1978 amd was a victim of Stan Mikita's 500th career goal.

In 14 games with the Habs, Maniago finished with 5 wins, 5 losts, 4 ties and a 3.07 gaa.

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