BOSTON, MA -– Gridiron Club of Greater Boston president Chris Clemente announced today that 25 players are semifinalists for the 19th Joe Concannon Award presented annually to the best American-born NCAA Division II/III college hockey player in New England.
The Joe Concannon Award was established in 2001 shortly after the passing of the longtime writer for The Boston Globe, who had a great passion for the game of college hockey, while always advocating strongly for amateur athletics.
Eighteen teams are represented in this year's list of candidates that includes eight players from the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), seven from the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), six from the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC), three from the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC), and one from the Northeast-10 Conference (NE-10).
Eph senior forward Marcus Mollica from Dove Canyon, Calif. is one of the semifinalists this season. Mollica got his final season on the ice for the Ephs off to a flying start nabbing NESCAC Player of the week honors the first week of the season. He scored five goals and assisted on one goal in the opening weekend of NECAC play in wins at Bowdoin and Colby.
Against Bowdoin he netted a hat trick and the next day at Colby he scored two more goals, including the game-winner.
After 20 games this winter Mollica leads the Ephs in goals scored (14) and points (25). His 11 assists this season are second most on the team. In 82 games in the Purple Valley Mollica has netted 25 goals and assisted on 22 for 47 career points.
The list of nominees includes 17 forwards, six defensemen and two goalies.
Nine of the 2019 nominees were semifinalists a year ago. They are UNE forwards Ryan Bloom and Brady Fleurent; Curry forward Zachery White; UMB defenseman Nick Albano and forward Nolan Redler; Trinity defenseman Liam Feeney; Fitchburg State forward Nick DiNicola; Western New England forward Matt O'Dea; and Worcester State forward Mike Moran.