Last season’s winner Brewer heads list of 2015 Concannon Award semifinalists

Trinity forward Jackson Brewer won the 2014 Joe Concannon Award and is one of 18 finalists for the 2015 award (photo: Melissa Wade).

The Gridiron Club of Greater Boston announced Sunday the 18 semifinalists for the fifteenth Joe Concannon Award, presented annually to the best American-born college player in New England at the NCAA Division II/III level.

This year’s list is made up of nine forwards, five defensemen and four goaltenders. The candidates include eight players from the NESCAC, six from the ECAC East, three from the ECAC Northeast and one from the Northeast-10.

Twelve of the semifinalists are from nationally-ranked teams (as of Feb. 8, 2015).

Player's NamePositionClassSchool
Joey BallmerGSo.Johnson & Wales
Jackson BrewerFSr.Trinity
Stephen BucoFSr.Massachusetts-Boston
Ryan ColeFSo.Trinity
Joe CollinsFJr.Southern New Hampshire
Aaron DeutschDSr.Amherst
Sean DoughertyGSr.Williams
Michael FlynnDSr.Trinity
Craig KittoFSr.Williams
Michael KuhnFSr.Massachusetts-Boston
Alex LarsonGJr.Nichols
Jamie MurrayGJr.Babson
Dean NiezgodaFJr.Norwich
Connor QuinnFSr.Bowdoin
Alex PompeoDJr.Salve Regina
E.J. RauseoFSo.Colby
Alec ThiedaDSr.Norwich
Mike VollminDJr.Babson

“This cadre of 18 semifinalists is the largest group we have ever included for consideration,” said Gridiron Club Hockey Awards Committee chairman Tim Costello in a news release. “This list reflects the high level of play and talent found across the conferences in New England. Our committee believes that the level of play merited increasing the number of players for consideration. As is the case each season, it will definitely be a challenge for the committee to pick the winner from the players nominated.”

The Gridiron Club will announce the finalists and winner of the award in March, prior to the start of the Frozen Four, and will formally present the award during the New England Hockey Writers dinner in April.

Brewer won the award in 2014.

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