Covach selected as one of New England's best
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The leading scorer for the Plymouth State University men's ice hockey team was selected as one of 25 semifinalists for the 19th Joe Concannon Award, as announced by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston on Thursday.
Senior Michael Covach (Shillington, Pa.), who leads the Panthers with 33 points on the year, was named as a semifinalist for the prestigious award for the first time. The award is presented annually to the best American-born NCAA Division II/III college hockey player in New England.
"This is definitely among the greatest number of semifinalists we have ever had for the Concannon Award," said Gridiron Club Hockey Awards Committee chairman Tim Costello. "The exceptional level of play in each of the five conferences has showcased many outstanding hockey players worthy of consideration for nomination. It has been very challenging for the committee to reduce the list among so many outstanding performances this season. With extremely tight conference races, every player will be playing meaningful hockey in the upcoming weeks and showcasing their abilities in support of their team to separate themselves from this great field of nominees."
The 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.
Covach, who ranks in the top ten nationally in points per game (1.57) and assists per game (1.10), was one of three athletes from the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) to be named a semifinalist, joined by Fitchburg State senior Nick DiNicola (Wolcott, Conn.) and Worcester State senior Mike Moran (Milford, Mass.).
The Gridiron Club will announce the finalists and winner of the 19th Joe Concannon Award in March, following league playoffs and before the start of the NCAA D-III Frozen Four. The award will be presented to the winner at the New England College Hockey Writers' Dinner in April.
Plymouth State (12-6-3, 9-3-2 MASCAC) hosts the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in a huge game at 6:00 p.m. this evening. The Panthers currently hold a one-point edge over the Corsairs for the top spot in the MASCAC.
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