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Middlebury senior snares Concannon Award

Mar 26, 2008 1:22:24 AM

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A senior defenseman at Middlebury has been selected by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston as New England’s best American-born ice hockey player in Division II or III this year.

Tom Maldonado, a native of the Bronx, New York, played more than 100 games during his career at Middlebury and collected more than 100 points, including nine goals and 18 assists during his last campaign.

Middlebury coach Bob Beaney called Maldonado an offensive and defensive mainstay who, while small for a defenseman at 5-foot-8, “has a big heart.”

“Tommy has displayed great character,” Beaney said. “You don’t see many hockey players coming out of the Bronx. He has been a great leader and a strongly committed kid to the program. But as good as he is as a player, he is a better person. Tom has reached out to the community and has become a mentor to local kids in helping them with goal-setting and striving for success.

“This is a special award and achievement for Tom and the school,” he continued. “Having known Joe Concannon, I think he would be proud of what Tom Maldonado brings as a recipient of the award bearing his name.”

Concannon joined the sports staff of the Boston Globe in the late 1960s to cover college sports, then declined frequent invitations from his editors to write about the city’s professional sports teams, preferring to write about the region’s small colleges, distance running and golf. The journalist, who also served as sports information director at Holy Cross before joining the Globe staff, died in 2000, and the Gridiron Club presented the first Concannon Award in 2001.

Other finalists for this year’s award were T.J. Kelley and Josh Reber of Colby, John Geverd of Babson, and Matt McGilvray of Johnson & Wales.

“This year has been an extraordinary season of competitive hockey at the Divisions II and II level in New England,” said selection committee chair Tim Costello. “Each and every one of our nominees had terrific seasons; the five finalists from our very talented field truly distinguished themselves. They were leaders on campus as well as one the ice.”

The Concannon Award will be presented to Maldonado April 16 during the New England Hockey Writers’ Dinner.

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