Champion — Manny Malhotra

Abbotsford Canucks Head Coach, NHL Alumni


Manny Malhotra is a coach and former NHL player. He credits diet and taking care of his physical health as key factors in the longevity of his playing career.

Manny Malhotra is the head coach for the Abbotsford Canucks, the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks.

He was drafted 7th overall by the New York Rangers in 1998. Over an accomplished 17-year career with seven different NHL teams in Canada and the US, Manny defined his game as a two-way forward, a faceoff specialist and team leader.

Manny’s coaching career began with the Vancouver Canucks as Player Development Coach. In 2020 he was hired by the Toronto Maple Leafs as Assistant Coach, where he spent four seasons before returning to Vancouver. Highly respected for his leadership and on-ice credentials, Manny is proud to be the second player of South Asian descent to play in the NHL.

Manny is a husband and devoted father of four children. Both his family and career as an athlete have provided him with a strong appreciation for the important role of physical and mental health.

Manny’s Health Tip

“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford

Don’t let an idea be just an abstract thought. Put it out there so it becomes something. If you apply yourself you’re going to be more successful. The narrative you tell yourself is either going to support or take away from whatever effort you choose to pursue.