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Cesare Maniago
Position Goaltender
Shoots Right
Nickname(s) Hail Cesare
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
175 lb (80 kg)
Teams Toronto Maple Leafs
Montreal Canadiens
New York Rangers
Minnesota North Stars
Vancouver Canucks
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born January 13,1939,
Trail, BC, CAN
Pro Career 1960 – 1978

Cesare (Hail Cesare) Maniago (Born January 13, 1939 in Trail, British Columbia) was a National Hockey League goaltender, most notably for the Minnesota North Stars, for whom he remains the 2nd all-time leader in games played in goal.

Maniago played junior hockey with the St. Michaels College Majors and then moved up to the senior Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen of the Ontario Hockey Association. He was picked up by the Chatham Maroons for the 1959-60 Allan Cup Final where he, ironically, beat his hometown Trail Smoke Eaters,

Turning pro in 1961, he played seven games in the 1961 season for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Maniago underwent a lengthy apprenticeship in the minor leagues, punctuated only by a relief stint of ailing Jacques Plante for the Montreal Canadiens in 1963. By 1966, his rights traded to the New York Rangers, and Plante -- then the Rangers' goaltender -- having abruptly retired, he was paired with Ed Giacomin as New York sought a replacement. Giacomin firmly winning the job the following season, Maniago played in just six games.

With expansion arriving the next season, Maniago had his big chance. He was drafted by the new Minnesota North Stars, immediately becoming their number one goaltender, a job he kept for the next nine seasons. Playing effectively in tandem with veteran Hall of Famer Gump Worsley, Maniago's play led the North Stars into the playoffs five of their first six seasons. His best year was his first, in 1968, where he had career highs in wins and shutouts while leading underdog Minnesota into the semi-finals.

By the mid-1970s, Maniago's play was slipping, and he was traded in 1976 to the Vancouver Canucks, for whom he played his two final seasons. After retirement, he served several seasons as the Canucks' goaltender coach.

Maniago remains second in all-time games played and minutes played in net for the Minnesota/Dallas franchise behind Marty Turco, and is third in wins and shutouts to Ed Belfour and Turco.


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