Sports Wall of Fame

Long, Frank

Long, Frank
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Frank Long has made many contributions in the field of athletics as a player, coach and historian, which have allowed him to make a significant contribution to the development and enjoyment of sports in Niagara Falls. Frank started off his athletic achievements in 1938 with track and field, where he won a silver and a bronze medal at the COSSA district meet in St. Catharines. Frank moved on to the Ontario Track and Field Championship (OFSAA) in 1939, where he won a bronze medal in pole vault. Frank enjoyed playing many sports such as baseball and football, but his love of hockey led the way to some of his greatest accomplishments. Frank started off his hockey career with Niagara Falls, but was then offered a position on the first junior A team in St. Catharines, the Falcons. Frank scored the first St. Catharines junior A goal in the Garden City Arena, and the Falcons finished the season first place in their division. Frank played professional hockey in the American, East Coast, and Pacific Hockey Leagues from 1944- 1947. He came back to Ontario and was a key player on various Senior A and Senior B teams up until 1953. Frank Long used his many years of hockey experience and
expertise to coach the Niagara Falls juvenile AAA team from 1972- 79 During the 1980’s Frank was an active member of the Niagara Falls Curling Club, and in
2006 Frank authored "A Century of Sports in Niagara Falls". This book is a collection of many photos of local sports teams and players, covering twenty-one different sports and spanning a hundred years. Nearly 300 photos are included, and almost all of the players are
identified.

Frank Long is a dedicated man who has shown his commitment to sports throughout
his entire life, including playing, coaching, and assembling a book about sports. Frank’s
contributions to the community are vast and the City of Niagara Falls is honored to induct Frank Long into the Sports Wall of Fame. 
 

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Title Niagara Falls Virtual Sports Wall of Fame - Frank Long Athlete Hockey 1900- 1970 Era
Notes  Inducted January 18 2009
 
 
 
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