Boston, Mass. -- Gridiron Club of Greater Boston president Cheryl Duddy Schoenfeld announced today that 30 players are semifinalists for the 20th 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.
Williams College junior defenseman and assistant captain Jack McCool (West Roxbury, Mass) is one of the eight defensemen named semifinalists. McCool leads the 13-4-1/10-2 First Place in NESCAC Ephs in points with one goal and 13 assists appearing in all 18 games to date. In the sixty nine games he has played at Williams, McCool has tallied 10 goals and recorded 27 assists for 37 career points.
"Jack has been a very strong presence and leader anchoring our blue line over the past three seasons," noted Eph head coach Bill Kangas Playing in all situations, Jack effectively and efficiently logs many minutes each game. He is a hard worker and role model player who expects a lot from himself, competing at a very high level.
Heading into tonight's contest at Wesleyan the Ephs are ranked tied for 9th in the USCHO.com poll with conference foe Trinity. Williams has won its last four games and they are 5-0-1 in tier last six games. McCool is one of 21 semifinalits, which includes 16 skilled forwards, eight versatile defensemen and six superb goal tenders.
Six of the 2020 nominees were semifinalists a year ago. They are UNE forward Ryan Bloom; UMB defenseman Nick Albano and forward Nolan Redler, Wesleyan forward Walker Harris, Salve Regina forward Danny Eruzione and Trinity defenseman Liam Feeney.
2019-2020 Gridiron Club Hockey Awards Selection Committee and Advisory Board: Tim Costello, Chairman; Joe Bertagna, Tom Burke, Jim Connelly, Ned Cully, Dick DeCaprio, Bob DeGregorio, Kevin Fleming, Steve Hagwell, Paul McNamara, Michael McShane, Dick Umile, John Powers and William J. Stewart III.