Gridiron Club of Greater Boston president Ken Eldridge today announced the thirteen semifinalists for the fifth Joe Concannon Award, given annually to New England's best American-born Division II/III college hockey player. Middlebury's Brian Phinney (Ripton, Vt.) has been selected as one of the 13 semifinalists.
Phinney has led the Panthers to a 17-4-3 record as they enter post-season play. The senior captain has anchored a Middlebury defense that has allowed a mere 1.86 goals/game this season. He has six goals and 13 assists for 19 points in '04-'05.
"Without question, there has been some outstanding hockey played at the D-II and D-III levels this season, and we have seen some truly outstanding performers in each of the three leagues in New England," noted Concannon Award Committee Chairman, Tim Costello. "In addition to proving themselves as high quality athletes, each of the nominated players has exemplified sportsmanship and character. The committee's final decision will not be an easy one. With only a couple of weeks left in the season, we will be very diligent in evaluating the remaining games to determine this year's winner."
The 2005 Joe Concannon Award will be presented at the New England Hockey Writers' Dinner on Wednesday, April 13th.