Craig Charron, Jim Craig’s beloved nephew and father of three, passed away in 2010 after a well-fought battle with cancer.
The Rochester Americans inducted Craig Charron as the 44th member into the Amerks Hall of Fame on April 6, 2008.
The Rochester Americans Alumni Association support alumnus Craig Charron and his family with funds to help alleviate any financial burdens associated with Craig’s illness.
This endeavor is close to Jim’s heart, and he greatly appreciates all donations to this qualified 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
The Rochester Americans inducted Craig Charron as the 44th member into the Amerks Hall of Fame on April 6, 2008. Charron had a brilliant five-year career with the team and still stands as one of the most decorated Amerks in team history. The former center made his first season with the Rochester Americans in 1995-96 a memorable one. He led the club with 43 goals, 52 assists and 95 points, earned team MVP honors and helped the Amerks defeat the Portland Pirates in dramatic fashion to win their sixth Calder Cup Championship.
“Sharky” played in 335 games and recorded 122 goals and 190 assists with the Amerks (1995-98, 2000-02). He was also a two-time winner of the team’s MVP award, scoring title, McCulloch Trophy for community service, Fairand O’Neill Award for sportsmanship, and the Booster Club’s Most Popular Player award.
Charron was originally drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in 1989 out of Division I UMass-Lowell. His career lasted 12 seasons from 1990 to 2002, as he played in 726 professional games. His travels took him to teams in the American Hockey League, International Hockey League, ECHL and Europe. Charron was a two-time member of the US National Team and represented the United States in the World Championships in 1995 and 1998. His USA Hockey bloodlines run deep, as he is the nephew of famed “Miracle on Ice” goalie Jim Craig.
“Sharky” spent the majority of his career in the American Hockey League, playing in 490 games for teams in Fredericton, Cornwall, Lowell, St. John’s and Rochester. In eight full AHL seasons, he was named to three AHL All-Star Games and his teams made the playoffs each season. In 1997-98, he was also named the AHL’s Fred T. Hunt Award winner, which is given annually to the player that best exemplifies sportsmanship, determination, and dedication to hockey.
>To learn more about Craig Charron and the foundation established in his honor, please visit CraigCharron.com