Gridiron Club of Greater Boston president Tim Whelan announced today that sixteen NCAA Division II/III players are semi-finalists for the ninth Joe Concannon Award, presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England playing at the D-II/III level. A total of five NESCAC players were among the semi-finalists, including Middlebury's Jamie McKenna (Lake Placid, N.Y.). A year ago, Middlebury's Tom Maldonado won the award.
The Concannon Award is presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England playing at the D-II/III level. A NESCAC student-athlete has claimed the award in six of the previous eight years.
The list is comprised of 11 forwards, three defensemen and two goalies, including two nominees from the D-II ranks. Joining McKenna from the NESCAC are Amherst senior captain Jeff Landers, Trinity senior defenseman Chris Diozzi, Connecticut College junior forward Brett Moore and Tufts sophomore forward Tom DeRosa.
McKenna currently leads the Panthers with 18 assists and 31 points this season to go along wit hhis 13 goals. He is also tied for the team-lead with six power play goals, while pacing the squad with five game-winners. The senior has played in 92 games at Middlebury, with 44 goals and 68 assists for 112 career points.