BOSTON – Gridiron Club of Greater Boston president Jim Kearney announced Thursday that graduate student forward Joe Collins (Mansfield, Mass.) of the Southern New Hampshire University ice hockey team is one of 26 semifinalists for the Joe Concannon Award, which is presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England competing at the Division II-III level. Collins is a semifinalist for the third time in his career, and is one of only three Division II student-athletes.
The Penmen center has been one of the top players in the Northeast-10 Conference this season and also ranks among the nation's elite in production. Collins has compiled 34 points in 26 games this season on 11 goals and 23 assists. He leads the NE-10 in both points and assists while ranking fourth in goals. Nationally he is No. 23 in assists per game with 0.89 per contest, and checks in at No. 32 in points per game at 1.31. He has at least one point in 16 contests and 12 multipoint efforts, and in his career, Collins has registered 48 goals and 88 assists for 136 points in 102 games.
The Gridiron Club will announce the finalists and winner of the 17th Joe Concannon Award in March, following league playoffs and before the start of the NCAA Frozen Four in Utica, New York. The award will be presented to the winner at the New England College Hockey Writers' Dinner on Tuesday, April 11 at the Prince Restaurant in Saugus, Massachusetts.
About 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.