Frank Banham grew up in a Canadian small town, where they had a population of 100. His small town of Calahoo had one store and an Ice Rink. Calahoo is also the hometown and where current St. Louis Blues Head Coach Craig Berube grew up.
He left his hometown of Calahoo when he was 15 years old to pursue his dream of someday playing in the NHL.
He played four seasons in the WHL for the Saskatoon Blades where he currently holds four of the Team’s scoring records today. His record of 83 goals in one season in 1995/96, is still the highest goal mark that a player in the WHL has reached since that season in 1995/96. He won the Goal scoring title that season, by 20 Goals. Hall Of Famer Jarome Iginla finished second that season behind Banham with 63 goals.
He was drafted by the Washington Capitals in 1993 and played six seasons, and splitting time between the NHL and AHL. During the 2004 NHL lockout Frank made his way overseas to continue and pursue his career.
He played in various European Top Leagues as well as Russia. When playing for Dynamo Moscow, him and Alex Ovechkin were placed onto the same line.
He represented is Country of Canada on 5 different occasions and was selected to the Allstar Team at the 2000 Spengler Cup. At the age of 39 he became a Hungarian Citizen. He represented his new Country of Hungry in 2015 and 2016 World Championships.
After playing for 22 seasons Frank retired from playing in 2016, and competing in the 2016 World Championships at the age of 41.
After retiring from Professional Hockey Frank and his family made Northern Kentucky their home. He joined the Northern Kentucky Youth Hockey Association as there Coaching Director and has continued to Coach and help develop Hockey in the Tri-State region of Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana.