2008-09: Brandon Manning made his full-time debut with the WHL Chilliwack Bruins as an 18-year-old after appearing in six games the previous season. Manning played 72 games for the Bruins, who finished with the WHL’s third-worst record and led the team in penalty minutes (132). Manning scored 11 goals with 18 assists and was -32 on a team that allowed 113 more goals than it scored.
2009-10: Manning attended training camp with the Maple Leafs before returning to Chilliwack. He was team captain for the Bruins in his second season and took a leap forward statistically. He was the Bruins’ third-leading scorer with 13 goals and 41 assists. Manning was third on the team with 138 PMs and his +20 plus/minus reflected Chilliwack’s becoming more competitive. Manning had 6 assists in six playoff games and was -1 with 10 PMs.
2010-11: Manning was in the New York Rangers training camp but not signed and returned to Chilliwack as a 20-year-old. Manning was the team captain and was a presence both on the scoreboard and physically for the Bruins. Despite appearing in just 53 games due to some nagging injuries and a seven-game suspension, Manning led Chilliwack defensemen in scoring with 21 goals and 32 assists and was -4 with 129 PMs. Chilliwack, after finishing third in the BC Division, again lost in a first round playoff series. Manning skated in all five playoff games and was -2 with 1 goal and 8 PMs. Philadelphia signed Manning to a three-year, entry-level contract in November 2010.
2011-12: Manning made his NHL debut – appearing in four games for the Flyers during a March call-up – after skating for Philadelphia AHL affiliate Adirondack in his first pro season. He had no points and was plus-one averaging just under 14 minutes of ice time in his stint with the Flyers. Manning missed pre-season camp and the first half of the season due to an undisclosed injury; making his debut with the Phantoms against Norfolk on December 3rd. He scored 6 goals with 13 assists and was minus-six with 81 penalty minutes in 46 games for Adirondack. The Phantoms missed the AHL playoffs; finishing fifth in the Northeast Division.
2012-13: Manning appeared in six games with the Flyers and was the second-most penalized player for Philadelphia’s AHL affiliate in Adirondack in his second pro season. He joined the Flyers in April and was +4 with 2 assists and no penalty minutes; averaging 14:48 minutes of ice time. In 65 games for the Phantoms he was -28 with 135 penalty minutes and scored 6 goals with 15 assists. Adirondack missed the playoffs after finishing last in the Northeast Division.
Manning is likely to spend most of the 2013-14 season with Adirondack, but could see some time with the Flyers.