BOSTON, Mass. – Junior goalkeeper Connor Girard of the Amherst College men's ice hockey team has been named a semifinalist for the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston's 17th annual Joe Concannon Award, as announced recently by the organization.
Presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England voted on by the Gridiron Club Hockey Awards Selection Committee and Advisory Board, 26 NCAA Division II and III student-athletes representing 15 teams across five conferences are among this year's semifinalists. The list of nominees includes 15 forwards, eight defensemen and four goalies.
Starting 14 games in between the pipes for Amherst, Girard has turned away 374 shots and allowed just 29 goals in route to posting a .928 save percentage and a 2.04 goals against average. With a 6-5-3 overall record on the year, one highlight for the Bloomington, Minn. native came on Jan. 28 against then-No. 14/15 Trinity when he registered a career-high 42 stops to help lift the Purple & White to a 1-1 overtime tie.
Joining Girard as representatives of the NESCAC are Geoff Sullivan of Colby, Sean Kavanagh of Tufts and Frankie Mork of Williams. Jeff Landers '09 is the sole Purple & White skater to take home the award since its inception in 2001, garnering the honor in 2009.
Girard and the rest of the Amherst men's ice hockey team return to action tonight, Feb. 10 with a 7 p.m. league battle at Tufts.
Girard Named Semifinalist for Joe Concannon Award