Shannon began playing hockey at the age of 5 with the Northeast Zone of Edmonton. At nine years old, Shannon became the first female to play in the Brick Super Novice Tournament. From there she went on to play with the South Side Athletic Club and while with the SSAC she played in the prestigious Québec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. As an underage she then played with the Maple Leaf Athletic Cub in Bantam and Midget. She was also the first female to play in the Calgary Mac’s Midget AAA Tournament.
At the age of 16, Shannon became the first female to play in the Western Hockey League (WHL). She played in four exhibition games and made a brief appearance in a regular season game for the Tri-City Americans. Shannon then played in the Alberta Junior Hockey League and was once again the first female to play there. During her AJHL career Shannon spent time with the Sherwood Park Crusaders as well as the Bonnyville Pontiacs and the Fort Saskatchewan Traders. During her time with the Fort Saskatchewan Traders, Shannon led the Traders to the top record in the AJHL and came within a game of winning the AJHL Championship. She was named to the AJHL North Division All-Star Team and was also the recipient of the AJHL's Top Goaltender Trophy.
Shannon played for the men's teams at Grant MacEwan University and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. Shannon helped Grant MacEwan to a silver medal in the Alberta College Athletic Conference (ACAC), and in her final year with NAIT she set the regular season record for shutouts (5) lowest goals against average (1.58) and won the ACAC Championship.
Shannon is a 2 time Olympic gold medalist in Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014. In the 2010 Winter Olympics Shannon was also selected to the tournament all-star team and was named top goaltender.
Following the 2014 Sochi Olympics the Columbus Cottonmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) was the next stop in Shannon’s career where she was the first female to play in the SPHL and the first woman ever to record a shutout in a men's professional hockey league.
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