Frank Banham

Frank Banham ( born April 14, 1975 in Calahoo, Alberta ) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who is under contract with the KHL Medveščak Zagreb in the Austrian Hockey League since 2010.


Frank Banham began his career as a hockey player with the Saskatoon Blades, for up to 1996 he was active from 1992 in the Canadian junior Western Hockey League. During this period, he was selected in the NHL Entry Draft in 1993 in the sixth round as the 147th overall player of the Washington Capitals, for which, however, he never played. Instead, he signed on 27 January 1996 as a free agent contract with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, after he had previously completed already the 1995/96 season with their farm team, the Baltimore Bandits of the American Hockey League. In the 1996/97 season, the attacker made ​​his debut in the National Hockey League Anaheim, came in the four years in the franchise of Californians but almost exclusively on their new AHL farm team Cincinnati Mighty Ducks used.

In summer 2000, Banham first went to Europe, where he received a contract with the Espoo Blues of the Finnish SM- liiga. This he left after only one year already again to also play a long time for their league rivals aground Jokerit Helsinki. With the Brussels residents the right shooter won in the 2001/ 02 season at first Finnish championship. After he started the 2002/03 season again with Jokerit, he was engaged as a free agent by the Phoenix Coyotes from the NHL on November 7, 2002. For this he graduated in the following year and a half, however, only five games and spent the rest of the time at their AHL farm team Springfield Falcons. Therefore, the first winger finished the season 2003/ 04, at HK Dynamo Moscow in the Russian Super League, before he completed the following season with Jokerit in Finland, Lappeenranta.

The 2005/06 season began Banham at Fribourg- Gottéron in the Swiss National League A. The Confederates, however, he left already after only six games and signed with EC Red Bull Salzburg of the Austrian Hockey League. With the Salzburg he won in the game of 2006/ 07 for the first time the championship. In the following season, the Red Bull champion again, the Canadians joined shortly before the end of the season Malmö Redhawks of the HockeyAllsvenskan, the Swedish second division, at. Banham 2008/ 09 moved to the end of the season with HDD Olimpija Ljubljana for the rest of the season for EHC Biel in the National League A. In the 2009/10 season he returned to Ljubljana, before joining KHL Medveščak Zagreb 2010.

Awards and achievements

NHL stats

(End of season 2008/ 09)