February 23, 2012

Two are Semi-Finalists for the Joe Concannon Award

Senior forward Mike Owens

Senior forward Mike Owens

BOSTON, MA - Two members of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's hockey team are among a group of 18 semi-finalists for the award presented annually to the top American born hockey player in New England in the NCAA Division II or III ranks.

Senior forwards Mike Owens (South Boston, MA/Boston Jr Bulldogs-AtJHL) and Rob Dudley (Douglas, MA/Middlesex School) were two of the four representatives from the Massachusetts Collegiate Athletic Conference who were among the finalists for the award, which is presented by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston.

Owens and Dudley form two-thirds of the Corsairs' highest-scoring line this season, with Owens leading the Corsairs with 20 goals and 17 assists for 37 points, and Dudley next with 14 goals and 17 assists for 31 points. Owens leads the MASCAC in points and goals, and Dudley is fourth in points and third in goals, and they are tied for fourth in assists. Owens is tied for fourth nationally in goals, leads the MASCAC in power play points, and is tied for ninth nationally in power play goals.

"Mike is our senior captain, and he's been a dominant force for our team," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach John Rolli. "He leads the league in goals and points, he'll be playing in his 100th career game on Saturday against Westfield State, and he's been the heart and soul of this team all year long. Rob has had a Patrice Bergeron-like season, He's a complete center ice man with a good knack for goal scoring, he's an excellent face-off man, and he's just very solid in all three zones."

The award is presented annually in memory of Joe Concannon, a longtime sportswriter for the Boston Globe who covered college hockey, distance running and golf. The finalists for the award will be announced in March, and the award will be presented at the New England Hockey Writers dinner in mid-April.