Gridiron Club of Greater Boston president Al Robichaud announced today that senior defenseman Tom Maldonado (Bronx, N.Y.) of Middlebury College is the winner of the eighth annual Joe Concannon Award, which recognizes New England's best American-born hockey player at the Division II-III level.
Maldonado, a native of the Bronx, NY, finished his career at Middlebury with an outstanding season, leading the Panthers in scoring with nine goals and 18 assists for 27 points. During his senior season, the durable defenseman passed both the 100 games played plateau as well as the 100 career point mark. He was team captain and a first-team All-NESCAC selection.
Middlebury head coach Bill Beaney noted, "Tom has been a mainstay here offensively and defensively since the first day he stepped on campus. He has quarterbacked our power play since he was a freshman and has played in virtually every critical situation. He may be small for a defenseman at just 5'8" tall but he has a big heart - he plays through injuries and has shown great puck savvy on the ice."
Beaney further added, "Tommy has displayed great character. You don't see many hockey players coming out of the Bronx. He has been a great leader and is a strongly committed kid to the program. But as good as he is as a player, he is a better person. Tom has reached out to the community and has become a mentor to local kids in helping them with goal-setting and striving for success.
"This is a special award and achievement for Tom and the school. Having known Joe Concannon, I think he would be proud of what Tom Maldonado brings as a recipient of the award bearing his name."
The Joe Concannon Award
The Gridiron Club established the Joe Concannon Award in 2001 to honor Joe, a lifelong devotee of college hockey, former member of the Walter Brown Award Selection Committee and, as a journalist, a staunch advocate for the amateur athletes he knew and covered. A native of Litchfield, Connecticut, Joe graduated from Boston University in 1961. He served as sports information director (SID) at Holy Cross before joining the Boston Globe in the late 1960's to cover college sports. Joe declined frequent invitations by his editors to write about Boston's major professional sports teams, preferring to concentrate on the colleges, distance running and golf. He wrote the book Marathoning with Bill Rodgers and established the highly successful Litchfield Road Race in his hometown. Joe was a world traveler and was especially proud of his Irish heritage, frequently sojourning to the Emerald Isle. He passed away in 2000.
-courtesy Gridiron Club of Boston-