November 10, 2005
Manthey's Family Ties

By Ken McMillan

 Atlantic Hockey Notebook

Family has been at the heart of Tim Manthey's hockey career, and this weekend he faces his uncle's former team.

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Army freshman Tim Manthey’s path to college hockey was by no means an accident.

Tim’s father and five uncles from both sides of his family all played collegiately.

“I was never short on good advice ... it was only a phone call away,’’ Manthey said on the eve of the Army-Air Force clash, a rivalry which has even more meaning to Manthey because his uncle, Tim Hartje, played four seasons for the Falcons (1982-86) and has risen to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force.

“This week I am taking the low-key approach,’’ said Hartje, who is currently based in Georgia. “I do wish him the best. The Hartje-Manthey family ... they have changed Air Force blue into the Army black-and-gold. I am sure they will be in full Army attire this weekend.’’

Manthey’s parents, Todd and Tami, and younger brother, 16-year-old Tyler, will join both sets of grandparents at West Point’s Tate Rink for the two-game weekend set between the Black Knights and Falcons. Likewise, they were all on hand in Omaha, Neb., four weeks ago when Tim made his collegiate debut with Army.

“The first game, I had goosebumps,’’ said Todd Manthey, who played one season at Alaska-Fairbanks (1984-85) and three seasons with St. Cloud State (1985-88). “It was a proud father type of moment, watching him step onto the ice and take his first shift. He had his first collegiate point the following night. It was definitely something I will remember forever.’’

Playing college hockey was just about a foregone conclusion for Tim Manthey, who was attending some of his uncle’s games when he was just a 1-year-old. “We were always at the rink, watching someone or with someone,’’ he said. “It was part of our everyday life.’’

“Hockey is what he knew,’’ said Tami Manthey. “My mom remembers when he was just a little tike ... we were at the rink on one of those busy nights when we had to rush him from hockey to a religion class, and someone said, ‘Timmy, there is more to life than hockey.’ Little Tim says at the time, ‘What do you mean? Hockey is my life.’’’

Uncle Jay Hartje played one season at Rainy River Community College. Uncle Tim Hartje helped turn a woeful Air Force team into a winner by time he graduated. Uncle Todd Hartje tasted even more success, winning the 1989 national title with Harvard University before going on to play in the Soviet Union and several years with the Red Wings and Bruins farm teams.

Todd Manthey and Tim’s uncle Greg played together briefly for St. Cloud State. Uncle Jon Manthey headed out to the Rockies to play for Colorado College. Today, Todd and Jon coach the same Anoka High School team that all the Mantheys and Hartjes played on.

“I think it’s quite fun and quite phenomenal,’’ Jon Manthey said of the family ties. “There is a lot of hockey background that he’s got and I am sure he’s gotten a free education from us and some ribbing, of course.’’

“It showed him what a little bit of hard work could do, what could be out there,’’ said Todd Manthey. “I don’t know if he tried to live up to any of his uncles but it was out there for him. He put a lot of hard work to attain where he’s at.’’

It was Todd Hartje who gave young Tim his first hockey stick, at age 1. “He never let go of it,’’ said Tami Manthey.

Tim was just 4 years old when Harvard won the NCAA title in St. Paul, Minn. Todd brought the team to his parents’ home in nearby Anoka for lunch during the championship weekend and young Tim was mesmerized as the Crimson played street hockey in front of the house. On every subsequent visit to the Hartje household, Tim was first to pop in the videotape of Harvard’s championship. “Oh my God, I think he had that memorized,’’ Tami said.

Anoka is steeped with tales about the Mantheys and Hartjes, from holding the starting quarterback job for seven years in a row to nine consecutive seasons of representation on the hockey team.

“I put a lot of pressure on myself to live up to that expectation of what they had done,’’ Tim said, “but they didn’t put much pressure on me to follow in their footsteps. I am glad that they were pushing me and supporting me in whatever I did. Without them I wouldn’t be here right now.’’

Said Jon Manthey: “I guarantee he didn’t let people down. He lived up to the expectations, put on by everybody else.’’

There is one generational twist, though: the six uncles all played forward while three nephews are playing defense. And another thing: Tim Manthey won a Minnesota state championship with Anoka, where his father and uncles did not.

Following graduation, Tim Hartje spent one year as a graduate assistant at Air Force and later four more years as an assistant coach, so he bleeds Falcon Blue. That’s why it pains him somewhat to be rooting for Tim Manthey in his inaugural Army-Air Force clash.

“I am proud of him,’’ Lt. Col. Hartje said, “but I still expect him to salute me the next time I see him. I am sure he will be the good soldier and do that.’’

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Air Force at Army (Fri.-Sat.)
It’s very appropriate that service academy rivals meet up on Veteran’s Day weekend. This is the last time these schools will meet on a non-league basis since Air Force (and RIT) join Atlantic Hockey next season. Air Force has won the last three meetings – including a two-game sweep in Colorado Springs last season – while Army won the previous three outings.

While You're There: The town of Warwick will hold a Veteran’s Day service on Friday morning at 11 a.m., marking the 87th anniversary to the armistice which ended World War I, during the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Make Saturday a doubleheader as Army hosts Massachusetts in a non-league football game at 12 noon. Learn about soldiers of different eras in a re-creation of a military camp at the nearby New Windsor Cantonment on Saturday afternoon. The Eisenhower Theater on the campus of the U.S. Military Academy will host a Salute to Veterans Concert on Sunday afternoon.

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Despite a split with Connecticut last weekend, Holy Cross’ 4-1 start is the Crusaders’ best since the 1993-94 season, and its best since turning Division I in 1998-99.

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American International College was apparently AIC-hing for time in the penalty box. The Yellow Jackets were whistled 11 times in both weekend losses to Mercyhurst. That is a sure-fire way to lose when going up against one of the two most potent power plays in the league.


• Worcester, Mass., is the site of this weekend’s clash between league leaders Mercyhurst (4-0 league) and Holy Cross (3-1 league). It will be a clash between the league’s top scoring team (Mercyhurst has scored 31 goals) and the league’s top defensive club (Holy Cross has allowed nine tallies, three on the power play). Mercyhurst won three of four meetings last season, including both at the Hart Center.

• The 12 goals scored in Mercyhurst’s 9-3 victory at American International on Saturday marked the fifth time the lamp was lit at least a dozen times in a game involving Atlantic Hockey teams. Only two of those contests were league games, including the record 15 scored in Connecticut’s 9-6 triumph at Army on March 6, 2004. Seven players scored and four more produced assists for Mercyhurst.

• The nine goals scored by Mercyhurst ties the Atlantic Hockey record. Army downed visiting Ryerson, 9-2, in an exhibition on Oct. 11, 2003; Mercyhurst blanked host AIC, 9-0, on Dec. 6, 2003; and, Connecticut posted a 9-6 win at Army on March 6, 2004. Two non-league foes scored nine goals on an Atlantic Hockey team: host Bemidji State downed Bentley, 9-2, on Nov. 12, 2004, and host St. Cloud State beat Sacred Heart, 9-1, on Jan. 28, 2005.

• Should AIC defenseman Preston Cicchine play in both games against Sacred Heart this weekend he will reach 100 career games.

• Holy Cross senior center Pierre Napert-Frenette reached 100 career points with his late goal in Saturday’s 3-2 loss to Connecticut – he leads all active Atlantic Hockey players. It was his 41st goal. Holy Cross senior Tyler McGregor could be next to reach the milestone with 10 more points. Next in line would be Dave Borrelli and Scott Reynolds of Mercyhurst, each of whom have 86 points.

• Army senior goalie Brad Roberts should surpass the 5,000 minutes played mark for his collegiate career this weekend against Air Force. He is 61 minutes, 5 seconds shy of the milestone. Roberts has played 86 career games.

College Goalies with 3,000-Plus Career Minutes
Player Year School Minutes (Games)
Isaac Reichmuth Senior Minn. Duluth 6,027 (106)
Gabe Winer Senior Massachusetts 5,703 (98)
Kris Mayotte Senior Union 4,955 (86)
Brad Roberts Senior Army 4,938 (86)
Jeff Van Nynatten Senior Niagara 4,724 (85)
Tony Quesada Senior Holy Cross 4,441 (78)
Kellen Briggs Junior Minnesota 4,430 (79)
David McKee Junior Cornell 4,296 (71)
Dominic Vicari Junior Michigan State 4,295 (73)
Scott Munroe Senior Ala.-Huntsville 3,924 (71)
Dave Caruso Senior Ohio State 3,893 (67)
Eric Leroux Senior Princeton 3,446 (62)
Jordan Parise Junior North Dakota 3,228 (56)
Matt Kelly Senior Wayne State 3,072 (52)
Josh Gartner Senior Yale 3,021 (59)
Jim Healey Junior Merrimack 3,011 (54)

A variety of sources were utilized in the compilation of this report.