---- — Saint Anselm College men’s ice hockey senior forward Mike Richard of Derry was honored as one of 20 players to be nominated for the 13th Annual Joe Concannon Award.
The award is presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player playing at the D-II/III level in New England. The list of semifinalists was announced recently by Gridiron Club of Greater Boston president John Ingoldsby.
The Gridiron Club established the Joe Concannon Award in 2001 to honor Concannon, 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.
Concannon graduated from Boston University in 1961. He served as sports information director at Holy Cross before joining the Boston Globe in the late 1960s to cover college sports. He 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.
This year’s list comprises 16 dynamic forwards, three offensive defensemen and one exceptional goaltender from both the D-II and D-III ranks. The candidates include eight players from the ECAC East Conference, six from the NESCAC Conference, three from the ECAC Northeast, two from the MASCAC conference and one from the NE-10.
Richard, in his final campaign as a Hawk, has recorded 16 goals and 12 assists for a team-leading 28 points thus far.
This season, Richard recorded his third career hat trick, while registering four points, in a 7-5 victory over Skidmore on Jan. 25.
He received an ECAC East Player of the Week nod Nov. 3. Richard has produced four multiple-goal performances, including a pair of goals to help the Hawks defeat Babson, UMass Boston and Assumption.
Richard currently ranks eighth in the ECAC East in points, averaging 1.17 points per game. He ranks third in goal scoring with 0.67 goals per game and third in power-play points with 11.
Throughout his four years on the Hilltop, Richard has appeared in 96 games, recording 77 points on 46 goals alongside 31 assists.
This year’s winner will be announced prior to the start of the NCAA Frozen Four Tournament in March and will be presented with the award during the New England Hockey Writers dinner in mid-April.