Two member of the No. 8/9 UMass Boston men’s ice hockey team – seniors Stephen Buco and Mike Kuhn – have been named semifinalists for the 15th annual Joe colcannon Award, the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston announced Monday morning.
Below is the release about the news from the UMass Boston Sports Information Department:
BOSTON, Mass.—#8/9 UMass Boston men’s hockey seniors Stephen Buco (North Providence, R.I.) and Mike Kuhn (Holbrook, Mass.) have been named semifinalists for the 15th annual Joe Concannon Award, the Gridiron Club of Great Boston announced Monday morning.
The Beacons’ duo are two of the 18 semifinalists in contention for the honors of being named the top American-born hockey player in New England playing at the Division II/III level. UMass Boston is one of five nationally-ranked Division III squads to have two semifinalists in contention, including ECAC East rivals #1 Norwich University and #8/9 Babson College.
#4/6 Trinity College is the lone school to sport three semifinalists, with last year’s Concannon winner Jackson Brewer leading the way for the Bantams.
Buco is enjoying a tremendous first full season in Beacons Blue with a team-high 14 goals, 25 assists and 39 points in 23 contests. He sits second amongst all Division II/III skaters in total points and ranks fourth overall with his 1.70 points per contest. His 25 assists also rank second in the nation, while his 1.09 assists per game rank fourth overall. Buco also leads all Concannon award semifinalists and ranks second in the nation with his five game-winning tallies. He has scored a point in nine-straight games heading into the final weekend of the regular season and has recorded at least one point in 21 of the team’s 23 games.
Kuhn might be the biggest surprise on the list, after slowly developing into a top-flight offensive threat in his five years as a Beacon. After recording 27 points in his first three seasons, the senior captain ranks third in the ECAC East and tied for 13th nationally with his 29 points. He sits second on the roster with his 18 assists and 29 points and leads the Beacons with his +25 +/- rating. In addition to sitting tied for first on the team with his four power-play tallies, Kuhn also ranks tied for third nationally with his four game-winning goals. The senior has recorded at least one point in 18 different contests and has five multi-point games thus far.
The Gridiron Club plans to announce the finalists and winner of the 15th Joe Concannon Award in March, prior to the start of NCAA Frozen Four Tournament play and present the award during the New England Hockey Writers 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.