History of Hate/Connor McDavid and Brandon Manning
- Manning’s history with the Oilers’ captain dates back to Nov. 2015, when he hit McDavid into the boards and broke his collarbone, sidelining him for 37 games.
- However, that was only the start of the rivalry between the two.
- When Manning’s Flyers met the Oilers in December of 2016, McDavid alleges that Manning told him he intentionally tried to hurt him the prior season.
“I did all I could defending him last year in the media,” McDavid said after the game. “Everyone wanted to make a big deal saying he did it on purpose, and he wanted to say some comments today about what went on last year. I thought it was one of the (most) classless things I’ve ever seen on the ice.”
- Manning denied the allegations.
“I think anybody who knows me or who has played with or against me along the road here, knows that I am not that kind of player,” Manning said in response. “I am not out there intentionally trying to hurt people. I’m a guy who plays the game hard and I take pride in that. I think going back to last year, it was a total accident, I mean, there were three players involved and there was never any intention on hurting anyone.”
- During the team’s next meeting in February of 2017, Manning fought then-Oilers forward Patrick Maroon, seemingly settling the matter between the player and the Oilers.
- But two years later, with McDavid and Manning now teammates, the Oilers captain has drastically changed his tune.
- The former foes have apparently been in contact since the trade that sent Manning to Edmonton, and it was McDavid who reportedly took the high road.