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It is with overwhelming sadness that we must say goodbye to our team physiotherapist and friend, Ralph Manning.
Last Thursday Manning was rushed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown after leaving the ice and then collapsing at his men’s rec league hockey game. He was then airlifted to a Saint John hospital where he passed today.
Manning, 50, has been with the Storm for two years in the role as head physiotherapist and work with players on rehabilitation.
He and his wife Tara own and operate Cornwall Physiotherapy & Sports Rehabilitation as well as Panther Sports Medicine.
An Island native, Manning has worked with athletes of all levels including collegiate, CIS and the CFL.
From all of our players, coaches, management, and fans – we send our thoughts to Ralph’s friends and family in this time of grief.
General Manager Bev Barr Statement:
"The impact Ralph had on our players was immeasurable.
I will never forget a conversation I had with Al Stewart following the first game he played after recovering from his ankle injury. Al told me that he didn't know how Ralph did it, but he felt stronger and faster than before his injury. Ralph didn't settle on getting our players back in the game as quickly as possible. He would spend the time needed to get to the root of the issue and heal all of the affected areas before he would give us the green light for them to play again. The support we have received from Ralph and his staff over the past two seasons has been phenomenal.
I will miss him both professionally and as a friend. My thoughts and prayers now go to his family as they come to terms with this huge loss."
Coach Joe Salerno Statement:
“Ralph was not just our physiotherapist, he was a member of our team, and he was a friend. Not just a friend to me and the other coaches on our staff, but to all of our players as well. He was our caretaker, someone who always went above and beyond, going out of his way to make sure not only of the physical health of our players was met, but also their well-being.
He would always put a smile on your face with a wise crack whenever you walked into his training room, and had beautiful sense of humor that every one of us felt on a daily basis. He cared about his players, his family, his staff, and his friends. He was genuine in every way, someone that you just enjoyed being around if you were fortunate enough to know him.
We lost a member of our team today, and he will be dearly missed.
We can only hope that he now rests in peace.
Thank you Ralph, for everything you have done for each and everyone of us, you will not be forgotten."