Big defenseman brought in to increase team's size on the blue line ... huge physical specimen, who should give Army an intimidating presence on the blue line ... good stick skills in the defensive zone ... coaching staff feels he can contribute offensively as well ... high-scoring blue liner in junior hockey ... should win many of the battles in the corners ... will need to help considerably in the breakout ... likes physical style of play ... can deliver a crushing hit to spark his team and rally the crowd ... should be a major contributor right away ... good at eliminating passing lanes and shooting angles in defensive zone ... very active with his stick.
Prior to West Point: Highest scoring defenseman for the Minnesota Blizzard of the NAHL last season ... played for Dave Boitz ... finished the year with 23 points ... earned team defensive MVP award ... tied for 20th in the league in defenseman scoring ... scored team's only short-handed goal last winter ... appeared in 50 games for the Blizzard ... one of the club's top special teams performer ... two-year team captain in high school at Anoka H.S. ... all-metro, all-state and state all-tournament team selection his senior year of high school ... also captained the football team.
Personal: Timothy Todd Manthey ... born Jan. 1, 1985, in Coon Rapids, Minn. ... son of Tami Jo and Todd Hickey ... has one brother, Tyler (16) ... six of eight uncles in the family played Division I college hockey, including his father, Todd, at St. Cloud State ... uncle Tim Hartje is a Lt. Col. in the U.S. Air Force ... uncle is a 1986 graduate of the Air Force Academy and was a four-year letterwinner for the Falcons icers ... major is undeclared.