Date Posted:03/19/2002, 8:00AM
BOSTON, Mass. - Bernie Smith, president of the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston, announced today that Northeastern University senior defenseman Jim Fahey (Milton, MA) is the recipient of the 50th Walter Brown Award, given annually to New England's outstanding American-born Division One college hockey player. Bowdoin College senior forward Mike Carosi (Warwick, RI) will receive the Gridiron Club?s second annual Joe Concannon Award, given to the top American-born hockey player from NCAA Division II and III colleges in New England.
Mike Carosi tallied a career high 47 points this past season, notching 13 goals and adding 34 assists. He is one of the top career scorers in Polar bears? history with 124 overall points. A center and right wing out of Toll Gate High in Warwick, RI, Mike was recently named an Eastern All-America first team selection by the American Hockey Coaches Association. Charlie Gaffney, a 1995 Bowdoin graduate and its last hockey All-American, also came to the Brunswick, Maine school from Toll Gate. Carosi, a Government and Legal Studies major at Bowdoin, was also the team captain and Player of the Year in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC).
?I had the pleasure of coaching Mike?s brother Chris for four years here at Bowdoin,? said Polar Bears? coach Terry Meagher. ?They are members of a super family, and it?s quite an honor for Mike and for our program to be associated in this way with Joe Concannon. I knew Joe very well during my playing days at Boston University. He cared passionately about all the athletes who competed in New England.?
The 2002 Walter Brown and Joe Concannon Awards will be presented at the New England Hockey Writers? Dinner on April 10 in Saugus, MA. Last year, Brian Gionta of Boston College and Ty Conklin of New Hampshire were named co-winners of the Brown Award and Keith Aucoin of Norwich received the inaugural Concannon Award.
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 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 native town. Joe was a world traveler and was especially proud of his Irish heritage, frequently sojourning in the Emerald Isle. He died in 2000.