Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Report: Manno Decommits From UMass

The NCAA has taken a hit in recent weeks as several players have jumped ship to join a Canadian Hockey League team. Now, it’s looks possible that the Saint John Sea Dogs could take advantage of the recent trend.

News broke Tuesday night that Joseph Manno has de-committed from UMass. Manno, a St. Laurent, Quebec native, was drafted by the Sea Dogs in the sixth round of the 2009 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Entry Draft.

From the UMass blog ‘Fear The Triangle’:
Sometime in recent weeks Joseph Manno backed out of his commitment to UMass. This isn’t a huge surprise as his original commitment seemed touch and go with conflicting reports about whether he had or not coming through at that time. Then there were rumors at the beginning of the summer that Manno was facing problems qualifying academically due to issues regarding transfer of credits from his school in Canada to his prep school in Connecticut. I’m not sure if that drove this decision or something else, but either way Manno will not be suiting up this fall. Coach Cahoon still has a sizable freshman class coming in, so someone should be able to step up and fill the minutes he may have provided. This could open up some minutes for an Andrew Tegeler or Emerson Auvenshine. 
Reportedly Manno is exploring either catching on with Providence or going the major junior route with Saint Johns of the QMJHL.
The fairly reliable @Canuckscout tweeted that Manno would be joining Saint John for the upcoming campaign. But, he later tweeted that there are some “conflicting reports” on Manno’s status.

Manno played for South Kent last year, recording 16 goals and 27 assists in 24 games.

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