COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey senior Josh Geary (Wellesley, Mass./Phillips Andover Academy) has been selected as one of 20 semifinalists for the 13th annual Joe Concannon Award, presented annually to the best American-born Division II/III men's player in New England. The field is chosen by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston.
A second-year captain, Geary is the first Purple Knight to be considered for the accolade since Ryan Mero '09 during the 2008-09 season. Geary is one of eight Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East players on the ballot, and one of three from the Northeast-10 Conference. He becomes the second Saint Michael's captain to be put forth for a prestigious award this winter, as senior Dan Evarts (Hinesburg, Vt./Green Mountain Glades) previously drew national consideration for the Hockey Humanitarian Award.
Geary leads the Purple and Gold with career highs of 16 goals, 24 points and five power-play markers. He is the NE-10 leader in goals and is fourth in points. Among ECAC East players, Geary is tied for third in goals and power-play goals, sitting two short of the leader in each category. He is tied for eighth in power-play points (8) and tied for 11th in points. Geary is fourth in goals in the field of 20 Concannon Award semifinalists and is tied for 10th in goals among all Division II/III players.
The Gridiron Club plans to announce the finalists and winner of the award in March, prior to the start of the NCAA Division III Frozen Four. The presentation of the honor will come at the New England Hockey Writers' Association dinner in April.
The Gridiron Club established the Joe Concannon Award in 2001 to honor the late Concannon, a lifelong devotee of college hockey and, as a journalist, a staunch advocate for the amateur athletes he knew and covered. A native of Litchfield, Conn., Concannon graduated from Boston University in 1961 and served as sports information director at the College of the Holy Cross before joining the Boston Globe in the late 1960s to cover college sports.