Tom Manastersky
Born:March 7, 1929
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Died:March 11, 2012(2012-03-11) (aged 83)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Career information
Collegenone - High School of Montreal
Career history
As player
1946–1950Montreal Alouettes
1950–1951Montreal Canadiens - NHL
1952–1953Montreal Alouettes
1954Saskatchewan Roughriders
Honors1949 - Grey Cup Champion

Thomas Timothy Manastersky (March 7, 1929 – March 11, 2012) was a Grey Cup Champion Canadian Football League halfback and the youngest to ever play in the CFL.

Turning professional right out of high school, Manastersky played 6 seasons and 68 regular season games for his hometown Montreal Alouettes. The high point of his football career was being part of the Alouettes first Grey Cup in 1949. He finished his career playing for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1954.[1]

He was also one of the rare two-sport professional athletes. He had played hockey for the Montreal Royals, Cincinnati Mohawks and Victoria Cougars in the minor leagues, but in the 1950-51 NHL season he got called up. A big defenceman, he played six games for the Montreal Canadiens, recording only 11 penalty minutes.

He died on March 11, 2012 following a lengthy illness.[2]


  1. ^ [1] CFLAPEDIA entry - Tom Manastersky
  2. ^ Former Alouette, Canadien Manastersky dies at 83[permanent dead link], Montreal Gazette, March 13, 2012.