MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Senior forward Dylan Holze of the Wesleyan University men's ice hockey team was named a semifinalist for the 18th Joe Concannon award on Tuesday, as announced by Chris Clemente, who is the president of the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston.
The award was established in 2001 by the Gridiron Club, to honor the life of Joe Concannon, who was a journalist for The Boston Globe and a member of the Walter Brown Award Selection committee, while he also was an avid supporter of college hockey and amateur athletics.
The honor is given annually to the best American-born NCAA Division II/III hockey player in New England. Brady Fleurent of the University of New England collected the achievement in 2017.
There were two other NESCAC athletes earning this acknowledgement, alongside Holze, in senior goalie Sean Lawrence of Colby and sophomore defenseman Liam Feeney of Trinity. Jim Pancyzkowski '04, who is a current assistant coach on the Cardinals' hockey staff, was a co-winner of the award in 2004.
The finalists will be revealed, along with the winner of this prestigious award, in March at the conclusion of the playoff season, and prior to the start of the NCAA Frozen Four in Lake Placid, N.Y. The accolade will be issued to the winner during the New England College Hockey Writers' Dinner in April at the Prince Restaurant in Saugus, Mass.
Holze, who hails from Lynbrook, N.Y., has been nothing short of sensational during his senior campaign, compiling 16 goals, 10 assists and 26 points. He powered the Cardinals to a 12-7-5 record during the regular season, including an 8-6-4 mark in the NESCAC, which is Wesleyan's first winning season in the conference since the 2006-07 year.
The explosive scorer ranks No. 12 among all Division III players in short-handed goals (two) and 18th in goals per game (0.67). He ranks No. 1 in the NESCAC in points and goals, while also sitting in a tie for first in short-handed goals.