DARIEN, Conn. -- Happy Birthday To Darien’s Ryan Shannon!
Ryan Patrick Shannon, who has owned a home in Darien, turns 33 on Wednesday. The ice hockey player was born March 2, 1983, in Darien.
Shannon began college hockey with Boston College in 2001–02 and received the team's Bernie Burke Award as top rookie after recording 25 points in 38 games.
He was named to the Hockey East All-Conference First Team and the All-American East Second Team for the second consecutive season. He earned team MVP honors.
He represented the U.S. at the 2003 World Junior Championships. He was signed as a free agent by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim on April 3, 2005 and played for their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Portland Pirates, in 2005–06.
He participated in the 2006 AHL All-Star Classic for Planet USA and won the fastest skater competition finishing his AHL rookie campaign with 86 points in 71 games.
He made his NHL debut, cracking the Ducks' 2006–07 roster and finished his NHL rookie season with 11 points in 53 games and dressed for 11 playoff games as part of the Ducks' 2007 Stanley Cup-winning squad.
He was traded to the Vancouver Canucks on June 23, 2007 and later to the Ottawa Senators.
On July 7, 2011, he signed a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning as an unrestricted free agent. He was named to Team USA for the 2009 World Championships in Switzerland and also named to Team USA for the 2011 World Championships in Slovakia.
He is currently playing for the ZSC Lions of the Swiss National League A (NLA).