Sports Wall of Fame

Shannon, Charles Kitchener

Shannon, Charles Kitchener
Full size image of plaque

Charles "Chuck" Shannon was born in Campbellford, Ontario in 1916. His family moved to Niagara Falls in 1918.

Chuck's impressive hockey career spanned 28 years, beginning in 1932 through to the late 1950's. He began playing Junior Hockey for the Niagara Falls Kiwanis from 1932 to 1933, moving to the Sudbury Wolves until 1935. From the Wolves he went to the Memorial Cup in Winnipeg and that same year, signed a three year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. His career followed with the Syracuse Stars, Springfield Indians, Pittsburgh Hornets and Buffalo Bisons, all of the American Hockey League. He also played for the Kansas City Chiefs of the International League and the New York Americans of the National Hockey League.

In 1946 and 1947, Chuck became a playing coach with the Owen Sound Mercuries Senior "A" club and then with the Orangeville Senior "B" Team.

From 1950 to 1952, Chuck coached the first Niagara Falls Cataracts Senior Team to ever play in the O.H.A. Semi-Finals. Chuck also coached the 1955-56 Niagara Falls Senior "A" Team and in the late 1950's, the Stamford Kerrio's Senior "B" Team.

Chuck acquired a number of nicknames, given by his teammates, fans and press. "Specs Shannon", given because he was the first N.H.L. hockey player to successfully wear glasses while playing hockey and "River Shannon" for his incredibly fluid and fast stride coming down the ice. This skating ability allowed him to become an oustanding defenseman.

It is important to note, that it took almost thirty years before the next local hockey player, Derek Sanderson, made it to the N.H.L.

Chuck's enthusiasm for coaching hockey, benefitted many local teams, because of the knowledge that he gleaned during his playing career. 

Additional Images & Resources

Click to view photograph of Induction Ceremony  Click to view photograph of Induction Ceremony
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Title 14th annual Sports Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony - Charles Kitchener Shannon
Creator  Simon, Pat
Description  Mayor Wayne Thomson making the presentation
Date  January 19, 2003.
Scan from Sports Wall of Fame Brochure Jan 2003  Scan from Sports Wall of Fame Brochure Jan 2003
From the library's image database (click the link to view the full record)

Title Niagara Falls Sports Wall of Fame - Charles Kitchener Shannon Athlete Hockey 1900 - 1950 era
Description  scan from book 14th Annual City of Niagara Falls Sports Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony ; date of photograph unknown ;
Notes  This image may not be reproduced without the written consent of the City of Niagara Falls Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture;
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