BOSTON, Mass. – Senior forward Anthony Fitti (Havertown, Pa.) has been named one of 18 semi-finalists for the 12th Gridiron Club Joe Concannon Award, which is awarded to the Best American-born College Hockey Player in Divisions II and III as announced by Paul Stewart, Gridiron Club of Greater Boston president.
The honor is the first for Fitti, who currently leads the Beacons offense going into this weekend's ECAC East tournament. The Havertown, Pennsylvania native was one of four players selected from the ECAC East conference.
In total there were 14 forwards, three defensemen, and one goaltender selected to this year's semi-finalists list. Each of the five New England conferences were represented on the list with the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) earning five selections, the ECAC Northeast and the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) each earning four selections, and the Northeast-10 earning one selection.
The Gridiron Club will announce the finalists and winner of the 12th Joe Concannon Award in March, prior to the start of the NCAA Frozen Four Tournament. They honoree will presented the award during the New England Hockey Writers dinner in mid-April.
The Gridiron Club established the Joe Concannon Award in 2001 to honor Joe, a lifelong devotee of college hockey, former member of the Walter Brown Award Selection Committee and, as a journalist, a staunch advocate for the amateur athletes he knew and covered. A native of Litchfield, Connecticut, Joe graduated from Boston University in 1961. He served as sports information director (SID) at Holy Cross before joining the Boston Globe in the late 1960's to cover college sports. Joe declined frequent invitations by his editors to write about Boston's major professional sports teams, preferring to concentrate on the colleges, distance running and golf. He wrote the book Marathoning with Bill Rodgers and established the highly successful Litchfield Road Race in his hometown. Joe was a world traveler and was especially proud of his Irish heritage, frequently sojourning to the Emerald Isle. He passed away in 2000.