Mangos strengthens Phoenix blueline

Friday, 30th June 2006

Phoenix head coach Tony Hand has completed his second defensive signing in a week with the capture of Canadian blueliner Simon Mangos from the Victoria Salmon Kings.

The signing of 26-year old Simon Mangos comes hot on the heels of former Victoria team-mate, winger KC Timmons and the native of Brampton, Ontario admitted that knowing someone else on his new team was a factor in coming to Manchester.

“Learning that KC was coming here too certainly helped my decision making as it’s always nice to know someone when you join a new team. I’d been thinking about maybe coming to Europe at some point and Manchester right now appears a great move. It’s a big city, a new rink and new team, and my wife Pamela and I should have no language problems,” he laughed.

Of his latest recruit, Tony Hand remarked, “I’d heard good things of Simon and the research and talks with players and coaches confirmed what I wanted to hear. As soon as I learned he was available, I was keen to sign him and I’m very pleased he’s joining our team. He’s a great addition to our club and I’m sure he’ll be a big influence on those around him.”

Following a four-year NCAA college career as a Ferris State University Bulldog, where he studied Product Design Engineering, Simon Mangos has played the past two seasons in the East Coast Hockey League posting respectable offensive numbers for a defenceman. “I like to try and contribute offensively when I can,” he admitted. “I consider myself a good skater and I like to move the puck forward quickly. In our end of the ice, it’s the simple job first, shutting down the opposition forwards, clearing the zone and then supporting the forwards when the right opportunity arises.”


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(Image: picture courtesy of Victoria Salmon Kings)

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