Feb. 16, 2011

BOSTON, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston men's ice hockey player Eric Tufman (Abington, PA) has been named one of 16 NCAA Division II/III players, who are semi-finalists for the 11th Joe Concannon Award, presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England playing at the D-II/III level it was announced today by Gridiron Club of Greater Boston president Steve Grogan.

The list is comprised of 12 forwards, two defensemen and two goalies, including one nominee from the D-II ranks. The candidates include three players from the Eastern College Athletic Conference East.

Tufman is enjoying one of the finest season of his career as one of the top playmakers in ECAC East. The senior ranks tied for 14th in the nation with 0.91 assists per game and third among ECAC East leaders with 21 total assists in 23 contests. The forwards point total of 29 (8-21-29) leads the Beacons and places him tied for fifth among the league leaders. Tufman has potted three game-winning goals this season and to give him 11 in his career. A graduate of Abington Senior High School in Pennsylvania, Tufman has notched at least one point in 15 of 23 outings, while putting together two point-scoring streaks of four or more games. He began the season with 16 points in his first ten games, registering five multi-point outings including a season-high four point effort on Nov. 27 in the Beacons 8-3 win over Salve Regina. A former member of the Philadelphia Little Flyers of the Atlantic Junior Hockey League, Tufman became the 12th player in program history to reach the 100 point milestone on Jan. 18 when he tallied four points on a goal and three assists. He has tallied two or more assists six times on the season.

Tufman has played in 95 career games for UMass Boston, while racking up 107 points to rank 11th all-time in program history on 40 goals and 67 assists. His 67 career helpers rank seventh all-time at UMB.

"Without a doubt this season has showcased an incredible level of competition as evidenced by the tight races and surprising game outcomes that have been seen each and every week of the season," said Gridiron Club Hockey Awards Committee chairman Tim Costello. "This season more than any other has forced the committee to consider many outstanding players in each of the leagues but some unfortunately do not appear as semi-finalists. Our committee believes this is as strong group of nominees ever selected for the award. It will take the few games of the regular season and conference tournaments to determine the most worthy player as this year's recipient of the award."

The Gridiron Club plans to announce the finalists and winner of the 11th Joe Concannon Award in March, prior to the start of NCAA Frozen Four Tournament play and present the award during the New England Hockey Writers dinner in mid-April.

The Beacons are currently 14-9-0 overall, including 9-8-0 in league play to stand third in the standings with 18 points. They are off to their best record after 23 games, since the 1991-92 season when they were 15-8-0. UMass Boston will be in action again on Friday, February 18 when it hosts Hamilton College at 7:00 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston.