Middlebury College men's hockey player Bryan Curran (Wilmette, Ill.) has been named one of 16 semifinalists for the eighth Joe Concannon Award, presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England playing at the D-II/III level.
The list is comprises 12 forwards, two defensemen and two goalies, including two nominees from the D-II ranks. Curran is the sole defenseman among his conference's nominees but plays big for Middlebury in the offensive zone with 17 points in his first 19 games. Curran owns four power play goals on the season, as the sixth-ranked Panthers enter the final weekend of conference play. Middlebury currently sits at 14-4-4 overall with a 10-3-4 record in league games.
"With the new league alignments this season, we have seen great individual talent shine through in each of the conferences in New England. Each and every season it becomes increasingly more challenging to single out worthy nominees for the Concannon Award," said Gridiron Club Hockey Awards Committee chairman Tim Costello. "There are many players that have been considered by the committee but do not appear as semi-finalists. Our committee believes this is a strong group of nominees and it will take the remaining games of the regular season and conference tournaments to identify the most worthy player for the 10th anniversary winner of this prestigious award."
The Gridiron Club plans to announce the finalists and winner of the 10th Joe Concannon Award in March, prior to the start of NCAA Frozen Four Tournament play and present the award during the New England Hockey Writers dinner in mid-April.