Courtesy Gridiron Club/Colby Sports Information
BOSTON, Mass. – Gridiron Club of Greater Boston president Dave O'Brien announced today that senior forward Greg Osborne of Colby College is this year's winner of the seventh annual Joe Concannon Award, which recognizes New England's best American-born Division II-III hockey player.
Osborne, a resident of Stoughton, Mass., finished his career at Colby with an outstanding season in which he scored 21 goals and 20 assists for 41 points in just 25 games. During his career, Osborne posted a balanced total of 48 goals and 57 assists for 105 points in 97 games for the White Mules. Osborne was named a first team NESCAC League all-star for the season and was named the league's Player of the Year. He was team captain and led Colby to the NESCAC conference semi-finals where they lost a one-goal decision to eventual champion Middlebury.
Colby head coach Jim Tortorella noted, "Ozzy is a special kid with impeccable character, which is why we recruited him to come to Colby. As our captain he had a great skill for keeping our team, including our seniors, in the present and focused on the task at hand. He isn't flamboyant and doesn't necessarily score the highlight reel type goals, but he is very efficient. He always seemed to be in the right place this year and didn't miss his opportunities."
Tortorella added, "Ozzy has persevered throughout his career and has had the personality to deal with the bumps in the road that come along. Looking back, his freshman numbers were OK but he has steadily improved to the point where he had such a big year for us this season. I am very proud of his accomplishments and glad to see him being recognized."
A strong slate of finalist candidates, selected from a field of 18 semifinalists, vied with Osborne for the Concannon Award. They included senior forward Kyle McCullough from UMass-Dartmouth; senior defenseman Brett Smith from St. Anselm College; senior forward Ryan Moore from Fitchburg State; and senior forward Will Bennett from Wesleyan University. Bennett, from Boston, MA, was co-captain at Wesleyan and helped lead the Cardinals to their best season ever. His team-leading 11 goals and 24 assists for 35 points helped propel Wesleyan to their first ever home-ice berth in the conference playoffs.
"This year has been maybe been the best season of competition at the Division II and III levels in New England college hockey," noted committee chairman Tim Costello. All of our nominees had terrific seasons and our five finalists truly distinguished themselves from a very talented field. Greg has demonstrated great skills on the ice, leadership and sportsmanship and truly fits nicely among the group of illustrious past winners of the Concannon Award." The 2007 Joe Concannon Award will be presented to Osborne at the New England Hockey Writers' dinner on Wednesday, April 11.