“[Andersson] is a great guy,” Mangiapane said. “We built a great friendship down in Barrie, and it’s good that we both got drafted to Calgary and we’re playing together. We’re not going through this experience alone, and it’s good to have a friend on the team and be close to someone.”
“When you have an idol like that, you always wanna play like your idol, but obviously he’s a different player than I am, and I just see what he does well and try to do what he does,” Andersson said.
Though he was never drafted by a Canadian Hockey League team, the small-framed winger tried out for the Barrie Colts, made the team, and had back-to-back 100 point seasons in the OHL. The word was his size would render him ineffective at the pro level, but once again, Mangiapane is beginning to prove his doubters wrong by producing at the professional level.