Sean Ellis '07
Senior captain Sean Ellis is one of just 18 finalists for the 2007 Joe Concannon Award.

Sean Ellis Nominated for Prestigious Concannon Award

By Jesse Corradi '08

March 1, 2007

AMHERST, MA – The Gridiron Club of Greater Boston announced the semifinalists for the seventh annual Joe Concannon Award this week. The honor is awarded annually to New England’s best American-born Division II/III collegiate hockey player. This year, Amherst senior captain Sean Ellis will represent Amherst College as one of the 18 nominees from New England and one of eight NESCAC candidates for the award.

The forward has tallied 11 goals and 15 assists for 26 points while leading the Jeffs to their first NESCAC semifinal appearance since the 2000-01 season. Ellis is currently second on the team in points despite missing a set of games during the end of the season due to injury. Although Ellis’ individual statistics are impressive, not enough can be said about his leadership off the ice. In captaining the Jeffs, he has emphasized a solid work ethic, good communication and positive leadership, all of which are vital to the development of the younger players on the squad and the overall success of the team.

Unlike other college hockey awards, the Joe Concannon Award focuses on sportsmanship and character in representing one’s team and institution. The award was established in recognition of Joe Concannon, who devoted his life to college hockey, journalism and amateur athletics. Joe served as sports information director at Holy Cross, followed by a prestigious career of collegiate sports journalism for the Boston Globe. He turned down numerous offers to cover professional sports because he recognized the importance of collegiate athletics in the life a student-athlete.

Candidates will continue to be evaluated as the season moves forward and teams fight for their shot at a conference and national championship. The decision will be made in mid-march, with the presentation of the award to the winner on April 11.

Ellis and the Lord Jeffs return to action on Saturday when they face top-seeded Bowdoin College in the NESCAC semi-final game. The opening puck is set to drop at 1 p.m. in Brunswick, ME.