Ryan Black from Babson and Conor O’Brien from Endicott are Co-Winners of the 21st Joe Concannon Award for Best American-Born Division III College Hockey Player in New England 

Dynamic duo top the field of five outstanding finalists representing teams from Babson, Colby, Endicott, Plymouth State, and Saint Anselm’s

BOSTON – March  22, 2022 – Gridiron Club of Greater Boston president Cheryl Duddy-Schoenfield announced today that Ryan Black from Babson Collegeand Conor O’Brien from Endicott College are the co-winners of the21stJoe Concannon Award, presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England at the Division-II/III level.

The Joe Concannon Award was established in 2001 shortly after the passing of the longtime writer for The Boston Globe, who had a great passion for the game of college hockey while always advocating strongly for amateur athletics.

Black, a senior forward from Pomfret, Connecticut, finished his season with the Beavers by recording 19 goals and 19 assists for 38 points. Black earned Player of the Year honors in the ultra-competitive New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) while also leading the nation in game-winning goals with nine on the season. He helped the Beavers earn the NEHC title and their first NCAA tournament win since 2013 before losing in the quarterfinal round to Geneseo. He is just the second individual winner of the award and third overall for Babson, whose Jamie Murray won the award back-to-back in 2015 and 2016.

“This is a great award for Ryan, who has been a selfless star for us,” noted Babson head coach Jamie Rice. ”In my time here, nobody has done what he did this year, at the level he did, with such consistency. He is amazingly humble and always happy. He carries himself with a lot of humility and has always just been one of the guys on the team. He has tremendous hockey sense and an innate ability to put himself in the right place on the ice. He took zero penalties this year, scored 100 points in just over three years of playing, and led the nation in game-winning goals and you would never know it with how he carries himself on and off the ice. As good a player as Ryan has been, he really is a better person and has carried that beyond our team to the athletic community and campus here at Babson.”

O’Brien, a senior goaltender from Pinellas Park, Florida, led the Gulls to the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) title game where they lost to the University of New England in overtime. For the season, O’Brien was outstanding statistically with a 1.47 goals-against average and .949 save percentage to go with a shutout and a 19-6-1 record in 27 starts. His performance earned him both the Goaltender and Player of the Year honors in the CCC. He is also the first ever netminder at Endicott to wear the “C” as captain of the team. O’Brien becomes the first Gull to win the Joe Concannon Award.

“From day one, Conor has made our program and community a better place,” said Endicott head coach R.J. Tolan. “He’s the most self-confident and competitive person I have coached. He is so committed to his craft, and he has made it almost impossible not to play him in every game, not only over the last season but for his career here at Endicott. Conor always raises the bar and wills himself to be the very best goaltender, captain and teammate. He has been the backbone of our team, has been a great leader, and is a huge contributor to our success as a program.”

Black and O’Brien outpaced three other outstanding finalists in the final balloting. All were worthy candidates for the award.  They are:

Myles Abbate (Norwell, MA) – the junior forward from Plymouth State finished the season with 17 goals and 23 assists for 40 points while leading the Panthers to their third consecutive MASCAC championship and NCAA tournament berth. Abbate was a first team All-MASCAC selection along with being voted the league’s Player of the Year.

Andrew Andary (Macomb, MI) – the junior forward was a first-team NE-10 all-conference player and Player of the Year He recorded 17 goals and 19 assists for 36 points in leading St. Anselm to a second place finish in the regular season. He led the conference in scoring during the regular season while chipping in with two game-winning goals for the Hawks.

Andy Beran (St. Paul, MN) – the sophomore goaltender for Colby played a big part in the Mules’ winning the regular season title in the NESCAC before losing in the tournament title game to Trinity. He finished the season with a 1.62 goals-against average, .937 save percentage and five shutouts in 24 games. He posted a 15-6-2 record, earning Goaltender of the Year and first-team All-NESCAC honors.

“This has been an incredible season at the D-II/III level with so many great players and teams accomplishing so much for the first time since COVID curtailed play in 2020,” said Gridiron Club Hockey Awards Committee chairman Tim Costello. “This is the third time the award has seen co-winners and the first time since 2005. These finalists are truly among the best representation of the outstanding level of play and individual achievement from across each of the conferences.”

“This year showcased a season where there was unparalleled parity and high level of play across New England. For Ryan and Conor, this season was truly a great culmination to a pair of wonderful careers with great league recognitions and now capped off by winning the Joe Concannon Award. The committee really could not come to a single winner, considering their outstanding play on the ice and exemplary character off it. They both are welcome additions to the list of most worthy recipients.”

The Joe Concannon Award will be presented to the winner at the New England College Hockey Writers’ Event on May 5 at Prince Restaurant, Saugus.

                                                Joe Concannon Award Winners

2001        Keith Aucoin                           Norwich University

2002        Michael Carosi                        Bowdoin College

2003        Nick Stauder                           Salem State College

2004        Michael O’Sullivan                 Curry College

              Jim Pancyzkowski                    Wesleyan University

2005        Brian Doherty                         Curry College

                Joseph Ori                               Trinity College

2006        Adam Dann                             Bowdoin College

2007        Greg Osborne                         Colby College

2008        Tom Maldonado                      Middlebury College

2009        Jeff Landers                            Amherst College

2010        Coleman Noonan                    St. Anselm College

2011        Josh Harris                              Castleton College

2012        Jeremiah Ketts                         Johnson & Wales University

2013        Colin Mulvey                          Norwich University

2014        Jackson Brewer                       Trinity College

2015        Jamie Murray                          Babson College

2016        Jamie Murray                          Babson College

2017        Brady Fleurent                        University of New England

2018        Colin Larkin                            Massachusetts-Boston

2019        Brady Fleurent                        University of New England

2020        Walker Harris                          Wesleyan University

2021        Not Awarded                          Canceled due to COVID

2022        Ryan Black                              Babson College

                Conor O’Brien                        Endicott College

The Joe 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 (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.

2021-2022 Gridiron Club Hockey Awards Selection Committee and Advisory Board: Tim Costello, Chairman; Joe Bertagna, Tom Burke, Jim Connelly, Ned Cully, Dick DeCaprio, Bob DeGregorio, Kevin Fleming, Steve Hagwell, John Powers, Dick Umile, Mike McShane,   Paul McNamara, and William J. Stewart III.

Press Contacts:  Tim Costello, Committee Chairman   Phone: 732-425-5922   tim.costello@ymail.com

                           Tom Burke, Communications Director    Phone: 617-323-5694 tomburke99@aol.com

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Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Announces 30 Semi-Finalists for 21st Joe Concannon Hockey Award

Field includes mix of exceptional forwards, defensemen and goaltenders across all of the New England Conferences 

BOSTON – February 15, 2022 – After a year’s absence of D-II/III hockey due to COVID, Gridiron Club of Greater Boston president Cheryl Duddy-Schoenfeld announced today that 30 players are semifinalists for the21stJoe Concannon Award, presented annually to the best American-born NCAA Division II/III hockey player in New England.

The Joe Concannon Award was established in 2001 shortly after the passing of the longtime writer for The Boston Globe, who had a great passion for the game of college hockey while always advocating strongly for amateur athletics.

Nineteen teams are represented in the slate of candidates that includes ten players from the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC), six from the Northeast-10 Conference (NE-10), five from the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC), five from the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and four from the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC). The list of nominees includes 19 forwards, six defensemen and five goalies.  Babson and the University of Massachusetts-Boston lead the nominee list with three each while Southern New Hampshire, New England College, Fitchburg State, Plymouth State, Norwich and Colby have two each.

The following is the complete list of semifinalists, by team, with statistics through February 13:

Just five of the 2022 nominees were semifinalists when the award was last presented in 2020. They are Babson forward Mike Egan; SNHU defenseman Joe Fiorino; Fitchburg State goaltender Brian McGrath; Endicott goaltender Conor O’Brien and St. Michael’s defenseman Sel Narby.

Assumption: Robert Holyoke, senior forward from Middleboro, MA (11G – 12A – 23 points; +20)

Babson: Ryan Black, senior forward from Pomfret, CT (16G – 17A – 33 points; +23); John Corrigan, senior defenseman from Stoneham, MA (2G – 15A – 17 points; +14); and Mike Egan, senior forward from Billerica, MA (12G – 16A – 28 points; +30)

Colby: Andy Beran, sophomore goaltender from St. Paul, MN (1.63 goals-against average, .938 save percentage); Justin Grillo, senior forward from Rockville Center, NY (8G – 10A – 18 points; +14)

Curry: Timmy Kent, junior forward from Parkland, FL (14G – 10A – 24 points; +7)

Endicott: Conor O’Brien, senior goaltender from Pinellas Park, FL (1.18 goals-against average, .957 save percentage)

Fitchburg State: Hunter Fortin, senior forward from Westerville, OH (13G – 13A – 26 points; +16); Brian McGrath, senior goaltender from Worcester, MA (2.06 goals-against average, .938 save percentage)

Franklin Pierce: Conor Foley, junior forward from Nahant, MA (11G – 13A – 24 points; +11)

Massachusetts-Boston: Sam Best, junior goaltender from Woburn, MA (2.31 goals-against average, .917 save percentage); Ethan Nitkin, senior forward from Miami Beach, FL (17G – 13A – 30 points; +4); Chris Peters senior forward from Fairport, NY (12G – 23A – 35 points; +13)

Massachusetts-Dartmouth: Dillon Radin, graduate student forward from Long Beach, NY (11G – 22A – 33 points; +/- 0)

New England College: Trevor Momot, senior defenseman from New Baltimore, MD (8G – 15A – 23 points; +12); Alex LaPlante, senior forward from Londonderry, NH (18G – 10A – 28 points; +20)

Norwich: Drennen Atherton, senior goaltender from Winter Haven, FL (1.79 goals-against average, .934 save percentage); Clark Kerner, freshman forward from Kansas City, KS (13G – 13A – 26 points; +13)

Plymouth State: Myles Abbate, junior forward from Norwell, MA (14G – 15A – 29 points; +13); JR Barone, graduate student forward from West Chester, PA (14G – 10A – 24 points; +12)

Salve Regina: Mitch Walinski, senior forward from Lincoln, RI (16G – 13A – 29 points; +20)

Southern New Hampshire: Joe Fiorino, senior defenseman from Willow Grove, PA (4G – 14A – 18 points; +15); George Thurston, senior forward from Plymouth, MA (17G – 11A – 28 points; +7)

St. Anselm College: Andrew Andary, junior forward from Macomb, MI (15G – 17A – 32 points; +9)

St. Michael’s College: Sel Narby, senior defenseman from Huntington, NY (7G – 12A – 19 points; +1)

Trinity: Jax Murray, sophomore forward from Minneapolis, MN (8G – 9A – 17 points; +7)

Tufts: Tom Tresca, senior defenseman from Newton, MA (6G – 6A – 12 points; +2)

Wesleyan: Matt Zandi, senior defenseman from Mount Kisco, NY (4G – 10A – 14 points; -2)

University of New England: Jake Fuss, junior forward from Fairfield, CT (8G – 19A – 27 points; +13)

“After more than a year away from competition, it has been fantastic to see all of the conferences back in action and at such a high level of play from the drop of the first puck” said Gridiron Club Hockey Awards Committee chairman Tim Costello. ”It is amazing what the players, coaches and institutions have been able to do to get the games played and this year’s nominees reflect the great commitment that all players across the region have to perfecting their craft and playing the game with passion and enthusiasm. The number of semifinalists matches our highest number from 2020, and many more were worthy of consideration for this year’s award. It will be a challenge to pick a winner from this terrific field.”

The Gridiron Club will announce the finalists and winner of the 21stJoe Concannon Award in March, following league playoffs and before the start of NCAA Frozen Four in Lake Placid, NY.

                                                Joe Concannon Award Winners

2001        Keith Aucoin                           Norwich University

2002        Michael Carosi                        Bowdoin College

2003        Nick Stauder                           Salem State College

2004        Jim Pancyzkowski                  Wesleyan University

                Michael O’Sullivan                 Curry College

2005        Brian Doherty                         Curry College

                Joseph Ori                               Trinity College

2006        Adam Dann                             Bowdoin College

2007        Greg Osborne                         Colby College

2008        Tom Maldonado                      Middlebury College

2009        Jeff Landers                            Amherst College

2010        Coleman Noonan                    St. Anselm College

2011        Josh Harris                              Castleton College

2012        Jeremiah Ketts                         Johnson & Wales University

2013        Colin Mulvey                          Norwich University

2014        Jackson Brewer                       Trinity College

2015        Jamie Murray                          Babson College

2016        Jamie Murray                          Babson College

2017        Brady Fleurent                        University of New England

2018        Colin Larkin                            Massachusetts-Boston

2019        Brady Fleurent                        University of New England

2020        Walker Harris                          Wesleyan University

2021        Canceled for COVID

The Joe 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 (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.

2021-2022 Gridiron Club Hockey Awards Selection Committee and Advisory Board: Tim Costello, Chairman; Joe Bertagna, Tom Burke, Jim Connelly, Ned Cully, Dick DeCaprio, Bob DeGregorio, Kevin Fleming, Steve Hagwell, Dick Umile, Mike McShane, John Powers, Paul McNamara, and William J. Stewart III.

Press Contacts: 

Tim Costello, Committee Chairman       Phone: 732-425-5922             Tim.costello@ymail.com

Tom Burke, Communications Director    Phone: 617-323-5694             tomburke99@aol.com

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Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Announces 25 Semi-Finalists for 70th Walter Brown Award

Slate of American-born Division One hockey players in New England includes 14 forwards, seven defensemen and four goaltenders 

BOSTON – February 7, 2022 – Gridiron Club of Greater Boston president Cheryl Duddy Schoenfeld announced today that 25 NCAA Division One players are semifinalists for the70th Walter Brown Award, presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England.

The nation’s oldest nationally-recognized college hockey honor, the Walter Brown Award was established in 1953 by the members of the 1933 Massachusetts Rangers, the first American team ever to win the World Championship Tournament. Brown coached the Rangers to the title in Prague, Czechoslovakia, where the team defeated Canada 2-1 in overtime in the championship game.

Twelve teams are represented in the slate of candidates that includes 14 forwards, seven defensemen, and four goaltenders. Fourteen nominees are from teams in Hockey East; seven nominees are from ECAC Hockey; and four are from Atlantic Hockey.  Harvard University has four nominees; Providence and Quinnipiac have three each; American International, Boston College, Boston University, UMass, Merrimack, and Northeastern each have two; and Bentley, New Hampshire, and Sacred Heart each have one.  

Six of the 2022 nominees were semifinalists a year ago: Boston College forward Marc McLaughlin; Boston University forward Jay O’Brien, Northeastern defenseman Jordan Harris, Providence goalie Jaxson Stauber, New Hampshire forward Jackson Pierson, and UMass forward Bobby Trivigno, who was the 2019 Walter Brown Award winner. The following is the complete list of semifinalists, by team, with statistics through March 6:

American International College: Sophomore goaltender Jake Kucharski, Erie, PA (2.62 g.a.a, .902 save pct.);and grad student forward Brian Rigali, Green Oaks, IL (10-9-19).

Bentley University: Sophomore defenseman Drew Bavaro, Bradenton, FL (9-14-23).

Boston College: Senior forward Marc McLaughlin, North Billerica, MA (18-6-24); and senior defenseman Jack St. Ivany, Manhattan Beach, CA   (4-16-20).

Boston University: Sophomore goaltender Drew Commesso, Norwell, MA (2.48 g.a.a, .915 save pct.); and junior forward Jay O’Brien, Hingham, MA (6-9-15).

Harvard: Junior forward Nick Abruzzese, Slate Hill, NY (5-16-21); sophomore forward Sean Farrell, Hopkinton, MA (8-11-19); sophomore forward Alex Laferriere, Chatham, NJ (11-9-20); and junior defenseman Henry Thrun, Southboro, MA (4-17-21).

UMass–Amherst: Freshman defenseman Scott Morrow, Darien, CT (10-16-26) and senior forward Bobby Trivigno, Setauket, NY (14-16-30).

Merrimack: Junior defenseman Declan Carlile, Hartland, MI (6-14-20); and junior forward Liam Walsh, Bridgeville, PA (6-14-20).

New Hampshire: Senior forward Jackson Pierson, Zionsville, IN (11-7-18).

Northeastern: Senior defenseman Jordan Harris, Haverhill, MA (5-11-16); and junior forward Aidan McDonough, Milton, MA (17-7-24).

Providence: Sophomore forward Brett Berard, East Greenwich, RI (14-18-32)); junior forward Parker Ford, Wakefield, RI (12-12-24); and junior goaltender Jaxson Stauber, Plymouth, MN (2.02 g.a.a, .927 save pct.)

Quinnipiac: Senior forward Wyatt Bongiovanni, Birmingham MI(13-11-24); senior defenseman Zach Metsa, Delafield, WI (7-21-28);and grad student goaltender Dylan St. Cyr, Northville, MI (1.33 g.a.a, .929 save pct.).     

Sacred Heart: Senior forward Austin Magera, Suwanee, GA (7-13-20).                                 

“With all of the teams back in action this season after an abbreviated campaign last year due to Covid, we have six more semifinalists than we had a year ago. This field of candidates shows strong representation from all three conferences and a balanced blend of forwards, defensemen, and goalies,” remarked selection committee chairman Tim Costello.

The Gridiron Club will announce the finalists and winner of the 70th Walter Brown Award in late March, before the start of NCAA Tournament play.

   

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Gridiron Club Announces 2021 New England College Football Awards

Brown Quarterback EJ Perry and Harvard Linebacker Jack McGowan Win 83rd Bulger Lowe Award; Club to Forgo Annual Banquet and Present Awards in Person

BOSTON – December 17, 2021 – Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Awards Committee chairman Tim Whelan today unveiled the club’s slate of college football awards for the 2021 season and announced that two Ivy League players, quarterback E.J. Perry (Andover, MA) of Brown and linebacker Jack McGowan (Canton, MA) of Harvard are winners of the 83rd annual Bulger Lowe Award.

The Bulger Lowe, given to the best players on offense and defense in in the NCAA Bowl Subdivision/Football Championship Subdivision (FBS/FCS) is the nation’s second-oldest nationally recognized college football award, after the Heisman Trophy. Perry played a year at Boston College before transferring to Brown. He played two seasons there and passed for 5,981 yards and 45 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,132 yards. Both Perry and McGowan were first team All-Ivy League as seniors. McGowan had 50 tackles and two interceptions in leading the 8-2 Crimson’s defense.   

The 75th annual Swede Nelson Award, for sportsmanship, academics, and athletic achievement was awarded to Holy Cross senior running back Peter Oliver (Auburn, MA) in the FBS/FCS Division and Tufts running back Mike Pedrini (Melrose, MA) in Divisions II/III. Oliver was the Patriot League Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2021. He led the league in rushing with 780 net yards on 150 carries, and four touchdowns. He is a chemistry and Spanish double major, carrying a 3.95 cumulative GPA. Pedrini, the only three-year captain in Tufts history, is a political science and government major, carrying a 3.23 GPA. Both Pedrini and Oliver were semifinalists for the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame’s William V. Campbell Trophy.

The Gridiron Club customarily honors the athletes, coaches and officials of all New England college football levels at its annual Bob Whelan College Football Awards Night in December.  This year, however, the dinner will not be held due to lingering concerns about Covid-19.

“It was a difficult decision to forgo College Awards Night for the second year in a row,” said Whelan. “Our committee members will be making the presentations in person. We’ll make the rounds individually, to meet with our award recipients at a time and place of their choice.”

Cheryl Duddy Schoenfeld, Gridiron Club president, added, “Our primary concern is the health of all – players, coaches, officials, their families, and friends. I’m sure we’ll be back in full force in 2022. College Night is the highlight of our year.”

The 25th annual Joe Zabilski Award, which recognizes New England’s top offensive and defensive players in Divisions II/III, has co-winners in the offensive category in Williams College senior quarterback Bobby Maimaron (Duxbury, MA) and Stonehill senior running back Justin Felder (Hollis, NY).  Maimaron led Williams to an undefeated season and was also the NESCAC Offensive Player of the Year, with over 1,600 yards passing and 500 yards rushing. Felder led Stonehill to an 8-2 record, with 1,127 yards rushing and 17 TDs. The Zabilski Award for defense goes to Bentley University graduate linebacker Cole McCubrey (Boylston, MA). He led Bentley to the playoffs with 114 tackles.

Head Coach of the Year Awards to Bob Chesney of 10-3 Holy Cross in the FBS/FCS and Bill Kavanaugh of  9-2 Bentley University in Divisions II/III.

Assistant Coach of the Year Awards to Jon Poppe, coach of the secondary and special teams at Harvard in FBS/FCS; and Bill deLuze, defensive line coach at Curry College, in Divisions II/III.

The Joseph V. McKenney Award for top collegiate football official to Ryan Flynn of Arlington, MA, a field judge in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Ryan has been named to the officiating crew for the NCAA championship football game in Indianapolis on January 10.

The John Baronian Award for Lifetime Contribution to Football to Framingham State director of athletics and head football coach Tom Kelley. Tom returned to the coaching ranks unexpectedly in the eve of the 2021 current season and led the Rams to and 8-3 record and a berth in the national championship tournament after opening the season with a pair of losses. Tom has been head coach at Framingham for a total of 17 seasons and has been the school’s director of athletics for 25 years.

About the Gridiron Club, “Keepers of the Flame”

Founded in 1932, the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston (www.gridclubboston.com) promotes the game of football at all levels and nurtures the ideals of citizenship, sportsmanship, leadership, and athletic and academic achievement. A registered 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation, the Gridiron Club is supported by membership dues, philanthropic contributions, and proceeds from its annual dinners.  The Club honors exemplary players, coaches and officials at all levels of the sport and supports worthy charitable causes, especially those that assist children.

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Joey Orlando of UNH, Jimmy Silva of Framingham Named Gold Helmet Winners for Sept. 10 Games

UNH junior Joey Orlando caught ten passes for 166 yards, scored three touchdowns, and returned a punt 57 yards in the Wildcats’ 48-41 OT win over Lehigh.

Framingham State freshman quarterback Matt Silva threw five touchdown passes, ran for another, and kicked six extra points in Framingham’s 54-13 romp over Nichols.

Congratulations to both for their outstanding performances. The Gridiron Club is proud to once again team up withe the new England Football Writers in awarding the weekly Gold Helmets to the stars of our region’s college football games.

Read more about Joey here: http://www.unhwildcats.com/sports/fball/2011-12/releases/20110914l8nykk

Read more about Matt here: http://www.boston.com/yourtown/framingham/articles/2011/09/17/a_golden_start_for_silva_with_framingham_state_football

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Ty Law is Gridiron Club’s Man of the Year! Mark Your Calendar for October 20.

Ty returns one for a TD

The Gridiron Club will honor former New England Patriots’ star Ty Law at its 16th annual NFL Legends Night on October 20.

We’ll have another all-star cast of head table guests, and as usual many former Patriots will be joining us for a grand evening at the Burlington Marriott.

Proceeds will go to support one of more children’s charities that will be selected by Ty.  We will be raffling off several great prizes including a pair of tickets to the Super Bowl!

Tickets a bargain at $50 each, or $500 for a table of nine that will be hosted by a former NFL star. Raffle tickets $25 each or 5 for $100.

More details will follow!

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Rest in Peace, Jack Daly

The world of sport lost a marvelous member with the August 10, 2011 passing of our beloved Jack Daly, age 92.

His was an exemplary life – of love for his family, of service to his country, and of course on the playing fields and hockey rinks.

The following is Marvin Pave’s superb Boston Globe article. Please take a few minutes to read it. Even those who’ve known Jack for many years through his involvement with the Gridiron Club will learn several new things and about Jack and all he did for others.

Jack Daly, 92, Former Athlete with Knack for Storytelling

By Marvin Pave

Jack Daly was an All-New England center on the 1940 Williams College football team, a co-founder of the Eastern Massachusetts chapter of the National Football Foundation, and a respected football official whose assignments included the Sugar Bowl, the Army-Navy game, and the legendary 29-29 tie between undefeated Harvard and Yale in 1968.

But to audiences at the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston’s annual awards banquet and the National Football Foundation’s Hall of Fame ceremonies in New York City, Mr. Daly was also known as, “the man from Wytopitlock, Maine, the Right Honourable Ambassador of all things ‘Down East’, John J. Daly Jr.’’

Jack Daly at his Gridiron Club golf tournament, resplendent in hat and shirt from Wytopitlock Country Club.

Jack Daly, number 57, and his Williams College teammates. (Courtesy of Williams College)

Mr. Daly’s hilarious stories, told at sports banquets, corporate conventions and other venues about Errol (Tink) McCutcheon and his trademark line, “Where’s Wytopitlock? . . . about 20 miles north of Mattawamkeag’’ were based on fact.

“There’s nothing mythical about Wytopitlock or Tink,’’ Mr. Daly said in a 1982 Globe story that chronicled his receiving the Distinguished American Citation from the National Football Foundation’s local chapter. “I discovered them when I worked one summer at a Maine camp [after his freshman year of college] at Spring Lake.’’

Mr. Daly, a member of the Boston English High and Williams College Athletic Halls of Fame, died Wednesday at the Harbor House Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Hingham from complications relating to a fall in his home two years ago. The Hull resident was 92.

“Jack was Mr. Gridiron Club,’’ said the club’s former president and retired Brookline High football coach and athletic director Ed Schluntz. “Jack always had a big smile on his face, and whenever he told his stories, everyone in the audience had huge smiles, too.’’

The Jack Daly Golf Classic, sponsored by the Gridiron Club and which raises funds to support youth football, has been held for the past decade at Sandy Burr Golf Club in Wayland.

Jack Grinold, Northeastern University’s longtime sports information director, helped start the NFF’s Eastern Mass. Chapter 37 years ago with Mr. Daly.

“I attended Bowdoin. Jack was a Williams man, and both schools are in the New England Small College Athletic Conference,’’ said Grinold, the chapter’s executive director emeritus. “When they played football, we’d exchange phone calls, and Jack had the advantage because Williams was beating Bowdoin 9 out of 10 times.’’

“When Princeton’s Charley Caldwell was asked who was the best player he’d coached, people thought the answer would be Princeton’s 1951 Heisman Trophy winner Dick Kazmaier,’’ added Grinold. “But he said it was Jack Daly.’’

Caldwell coached Williams at from 1928-42.

Fred Rudolph, president of Williams’ Class of 1942 and editor of the school newspaper, invited Mr. Daly to be an usher at his wedding in 1949.
“I admired Jack because he was an outstanding athlete who was comfortable with people who weren’t. His storytelling was legendary,’’ said Rudolph. “He was at our house in Williamstown for our annual class reunion two years ago, and his presence was definitely a draw.’’

Mr. Daly was team captain in 1940, leading the Ephs to a 6-1-1 record. A three-sport athlete at Williams, he did not graduate his senior year and instead enlisted in the Navy. At pre-flight-training school in Chapel Hill, N.C., he helped supervise physical fitness training for pilots because of his athletic background that included starring at Boston English High and Cheshire Academy.

“Dad shared an apartment with two of his fellow instructors. On winter mornings, one particular bunkmate always needed a nudge when it came his turn to light the heating stove. Dad leaned his leg over the top bunk to kick him out of bed,’’ recalled Mr. Daly’s son, John III of Hingham. “The bunkmate was Michigan’s All-American center, Gerry Ford, our future president.

He worked in sales starting in 1947, primarily with Kelvinator, and was its regional sales manager. He retired in 1983 as general manager of the appliance division for Northeastern Distributors.

“When my father worked in appliance sales, he brought a group to visit a plant in Grand Rapids. One, a Republican supporter, said ‘Jack, you’ll never believe who’s getting on the plane with us.’ It was Ford, the House minority leader, who said, ‘Jack, how are you?’ ’’

After returning from the service to his home in Jamaica Plain in 1946 with the rank of lieutenant, Mr. Daly was introduced by his aunt Lilly to his future wife, Helen (Murphy), who died in 2001. They were married for 54 years.

Mr. Daly initially officiated high school games and in 1951 was certified by the Eastern Association of Intercollegiate Football Officials, which he later served as president and director of its Boston chapter.

Head linesman at the 1969 Harvard-Yale classic, Mr. Daly called a 15-yard face mask penalty on Yale defender Mike Bouscaren that kept Harvard’s miraculous comeback – 16 points in the final 42 seconds – alive.

That call angered the Yale coaching staff, players, and fans, some of whom held it against Mr. Daly for many years.

However, when the documentary “Harvard Beats Yale, 29-29’’ came out in 2008, Mr. Daly saw it with his son-in-law, Dr. Jim Everett of Scituate, and was vindicated.

In the film, Bouscaren admitted he tried to put Harvard’s quarterback, Frank Champi, out of the game with a clothesline tackle to his face, which drew the penalty.

“Jack told me he always felt he made the right call,’’ said Everett.
Mr. Daly lived in West Roxbury and Hingham for many years and in his later years in Hull – where more than 50 years ago he converted a barn into the family’s summer home.

“Jack worked at least five major bowl games, and he earned the respect and admiration of coaches, players, and officials,’’ said Scotty Whitelaw, Mr. Daly’s friend and former Eastern College Athletic Conference commissioner. “He had a big heart, and I loved his company and his humor.’’

Mr. Daly’s many honors also included the George C. Carens Award from the New England Football Writers Association in 1975, the Eastern Association of Intercollegiate Football Officials Murray Lewis Award in 1986, and the All-American Football Foundation Butch Lambert Award in 1996.

Former Boston Latin School football coach Paul Costello, who succeeded him as Gridiron Club treasurer in 1991, said Mr. Daly was “among the last of a breed when high school and college football was in its heyday and a man of great integrity.’’

An accomplished golfer at Charles River Country Club and most recently at Cohasset Golf Club, he excelled as a hockey player and officiated that sport. Mr. Daly also enjoyed carpentry and woodworking and after his retirement volunteered with Meals on Wheels and Hingham Elder Services. He also taught his family and their friends sailing, body surfing, and water skiing while summering in Hull.

In addition to his son, Mr. Daly leaves two other sons, Andrew of Westchester, Calif., and Christopher of Scituate; three daughters, Cathy Everett of Scituate, Susan Daly Paul of Northborough, and Barbara Daly of Hull; his sister, Marie Dempsey of Lexington; 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

A funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Anthony’s Church in Cohasset. Burial will be at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.

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Joe Andruzzi is Our Man of the Year for 2010

The Gridiron Club is proud to announce that Joe Andruzzi will be receiving the Tom Yewcic Man of the Year Award at the 14th Annual NFL Legends Night Dinner on Friday, October 15 at the Burlington Marriott. Click on the link to read the full press release! http://tinyurl.com/28feeur

It’s going to be a grand evening. Proceeds from the dinner and accompanying raffle of Super Bowl tickets will support the Joe Andruzzi Foundation, whose mission is to aid cancer patients and their families and to fund research on pediatric brain cancer.

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Gridiron Club Still Going Strong, by Doug Hastings

Great profile of our president, Ray Gallant, and nice recap of what we’re all about. Story by Doug Hastings appeared in several Boston-area papers. Check it out at: http://tinyurl.com/3xwhcug

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Hello world, and welcome to a new era in the storied history of the Gridiron Club!

The Gridiron Club proudly launched our new website (http://www.gridclubofgreaterboston.com) in September 2010 along with this blog that carries the title “Between the Lines,” which was the printed newsletter that we had published for club members only in previous years.

Blogs work only if there is a two-way dialogue.  We invite you to leave comments, ask questions, share your experiences and opinions, and join us in our mission as “Keepers of the Flame” of Boston sporting tradition.  We respectfully ask that you keep your comments relevant to the subject at hand and do not post and comments that are inappropriate or offensive.  No profanity, spam, or shameless plugs either, please.

We will review all posts before they are published and may need to edit some from time to time.  While we expect to receive a variety of opinions and responses and are committed to presenting both positive and negative commentary, we insist on basic decorum and courtesy from participants.

Welcome aboard!

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