Former Titan Manavian’s France squad qualifies for Quarter-Finals at IIHF World Championship
Propelled with the momentum following a tournament opening upset over Canada, former Acadie-Bathurst Titan defenceman Antonin Manavian and the French National Hockey Team has qualified for the Quarter-Finals at the 2014 IIHF World Hockey Championships.
Manavian has played in all six games to this point and has a goal and an assist on three shots on goal to go with six penalty minutes and a plus-one rating. He has logged an average of 19:09 per game which ranks fourth among the team’s defencemen.
The Quarter-Final berth was earned following a 6-2 victory over Denmark on Monday in which Manavian scored France’s fifth goal. Coupled with a regulation victory over Slovakia and shootout victories over the aforementioned Canada and Norway, France’s 10 points has them ranked third in the eight-team pool A, with a higher goal differential than fourth place Czech Republic who also has 10 points.
Both teams meet in their final Round Robin game on Tuesday where the winner will face the second place team coming out of Group B and the loser will face Russia, who clinched first place in Group A after going undefeated to this point in Round Robin play.
Manavian played 18 games with the Titan back in the 2005-06 season after being drafted 32nd overall in the first round of the 2005 CHL Import Draft before being traded to the Gatineau Olympiques. Since returning to his native France, Manavian has enjoyed a highly successful pro career in the French professional leagues with Grenoble and Rouen.
Featured image information & credit: MINSK, BELARUS – MAY 15: France’s Antonin Manavian #4 battles Sweden’s Mikael Backlund #60 for position during preliminary round action at the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/HHOF-IIHF Images)