The Gridiron Club of Greater Boston announced Thursday the 18 semifinalists for the 14th annual Joe Concannon Award, presented each year to the best American-born college hockey player in New England playing at the Division II/III level.
This year’s list consists of 12 forwards, two defensemen and four goaltenders. The candidates include eight players from the NESCAC, five from the ECAC East, two from the ECAC Northeast, two from the Northeast-10 and one from the MASCAC.
|Joey Ballmer||G||Fr.||Johnson and Wales|
|J.C. Cangelosi||F||Jr.||Connecticut College|
|Joe Collins||F||So.||Southern New Hampshire|
|Brendan McCarron||F||Sr.||Framingham State|
|Peter Melman||F||Jr.||University of New England|
|Josh Obregon||F||So.||Johnson and Wales|
“There really aren’t any more upsets, either in or outside of conference play, as the level of competition this season has truly been amazing,” said Gridiron Club hockey awards committee chairman Tim Costello in a news release. “There have been a number of different teams in and out of the national rankings this season, and the consideration we’re seen across all of the conferences reflects the high level of play and talent found in New England. Our committee believes this is another outstanding group of semifinalists.
“It will be a challenge for the committee to pick the winner from the players nominated.”
Norwich’s Colin Mulvey won the award in 2013.
The Gridiron Club plans to announce the finalists and winner of the award in March, prior to the start of NCAA Frozen Four Tournament play on March 21 and will present the award during the New England Hockey Writers dinner in April.