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Mantha hoping to continue family's winning tradition

by Adam Kimelman / Columbus Blue Jackets

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

Mantha had led the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with 50 goals this season, so as he told, "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.

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