BOSTON, Mass.—UMass Boston men's hockey senior captain Travis Daniel (North Brunswick, Mass.) and Peter MacIntyre (Norfolk, Mass.) have been named semifinalists for the 14th annual Joe Concannon Award, the Gridiron Club of Great Boston announced Thursday morning.
Daniel and MacIntyre are two of the 18 semifinalists for the award that honors the top American-born hockey player in New England playing at the Division II/III level. UMass Boston is one of just four schools to have two semifinalists and the only school in the ECAC East to have two players up for the award.
Daniel is the lone returning finalist, after losing out to 2013 Joe Conconnon Award winner Colin Mulvey of Norwich University. The All-Region Third-Team member and Division II/III New England All-Star is having another strong campaign for the #12/14 Beacons. In 21 contests this season, Daniel leads UMass Boston with 19 assists and is tied for first with his five power-play goals. The North Brunswick, N.J. sits second on the team with 28 total points and is tied for third with nine goals. Nationally Daniel sits tied for third in the country with his 19 assists and tied for eight with his 28 points. The senior captain currently ranks eighth in school history with his 117 career points and is on pace to become just the eighth player in school history to don a Beacons uniform in 100 or more contests.
MacIntyre has lined up on the opposite wing from Daniel all season long and has put together an impressive sophomore campaign. After being named the National Rookie of the Year Runner-Up as a freshman, MacIntyre sits amongst the top five in the country in goals and points and 13th in the nation with his 17 assists. The sophomore left-winger leads the Beacons and sits tied for first in the nation with his 16 goals and tied for second with his 33 points. A year after winning the ECAC East Rookie of the Year award, MacIntyre has helped UMass Boston to another historic season, including playing a key part in the team's program-record breaking 14-game unbeaten streak. Earlier this season, he was named the Stovepipe/P.A.L. Classic Tournament and the Codfish Bowl Tournament Most Valuable Player.
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.