Joe Manno Leaves Northeastern
Sophomore forward Joe Manno has left the Northeastern hockey team. The Montreal native has been added to the active roster of the Dubuque Saints (USHL), where he will finish the season. The move to the USHL, rather than Major Juniors, maintains his NCAA eligibility and will allow him to transfer to another school next season, where he will be eligible for the second half.
Northeastern and Coach Jim Madigan confirmed his departure in a release today:
“After discussions with Joe, it became apparent he was not content with his role on the team and he decided to pursue other options. We wish him well on his future.”
Manno had appeared in all 14 games for Northeastern, registering 2 goals and 3 assists. His 5 points were tied for 6th best on the Huskies. His departure puts the Huskies in a tough spot, with just 12 forwards on the roster. For a team that entered the year with so much depth, they are alarmingly close to not being able to dress a full 18 skaters.
Manno deserved a much better fate than he got here. His hard work and tenacity was met with benchings and 3rd line duty. But that seems to be the M.O. for Northeastern hockey these days. Madigan likes highly skilled offensive players. Manno was not that. He was a guy that hit people, brought energy and chased pucks in corners. Guys like Manno and Cam Darcy don’t get big roles in this program, those chances go to the Kevin Roys and Cody Ferrieros of the world.
Madigan is determined to build a team that will not be confused with the physical, grinding style we saw under Cronin. Madigan wants skill and finesse. Puck movers and goal scorers. But so does everyone else and the reality is that 9 times out of 10 those guys are ending up at BC or BU or Notre Dame. Joe Manno didn’t fit into Madigan’s grand scheme and it showed in the way he was treated here. He will be back in college hockey, maybe even Hockey East, on a team that appreciates the skill set he brings to the table. And in the meantime, Northeastern will struggle to build a true team because of a failure to recognize what the full make up of one is.