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Mantha hoping to continue family's winning tradition

Thursday, 05.30.2013 / 12:00 PM

By Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor / Combing the 2013 NHL Combine

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Mantha hoping to continue family's winning tradition

TORONTO -- Anthony Mantha of the Val-d'Or Foreurs comes from a rich hockey background. His grandfather, Andre Pronovost, won the Stanley Cup four times with the Montreal Canadiens during a 10-season NHL career that started in 1956-57. Three great uncles -- Claude, Jean and Marel Pronovost -- played in the NHL.

Mantha led the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with 50 goals this season, so as he told NHL.com, "It's in the family."

A 6-foot-3.75, 190-pound right wing listed at No. 10 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters for the 2013 NHL Draft, Mantha certainly is a lot bigger than his grandfather, who measured in at 5-9 and 185 pounds. But the legend of his grandfather's success, including Stanley Cups in 1957, 1958, 1959 and 1960, looms large.

"There's no words to describe those moments," Mantha said his grandfather would say. "It's really the moments that he reminds himself of the most, and he tells his sons and grandchildren."

Mantha said he's never tried on any of his grandfather's championship rings for a simple reason.

"I hope I'll get my own in the next few years," he said.