Narby Semifinalist for Joe Concannon Award, Honoring Top Player in New England

Narby Semifinalist for Joe Concannon Award, Honoring Top Player in New England

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey fifth-year senior Sel Narby (Huntington, N.Y./Connecticut Junior Rangers) has been selected as one of 30 semifinalists for the 21st Joe Concannon Award, presented annually to the best American-born Division II/III men's player in New England. The field is chosen by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston.

One of six defensemen under consideration, Narby is a semifinalist for the second time in three years, earning a nod in 2019-20 as a junior; the award was not handed out in 2020-21. He is among five repeat semifinalists from two seasons ago. Narby is one of six Northeast-10 Conference student-athletes on the ballot.

Narby is one of the highest-scoring defensemen in NCAA Division II/III ice hockey, with seven goals and 12 assists in 18 games. The assistant captain is fifth nationally among all defenders in points per game (1.06), and seventh across Division I, II and III men's ice hockey in the category. Narby is tied for fourth in Division II/III in power-play goals (4) among blue liners, and 18th in assists per game (0.67). Among all defensemen up for the Concannon Award, Narby is second in points and goals and fourth in assists.

Narby is first among NE10 defensemen in points and second in both goals and assists. He is tied for sixth in power-plays goals among all skaters in the conference, tied for seventh in assists, and tied for 13th in points. The 2019-20 NE10 Defensive Player of the Year, who has twice landed on the NE10 All-Conference first team, has 22 goals, 48 assists and 70 points in 95 career games. He is tied for 22nd in program history in assists and 29th in points.

The Gridiron Club plans to announce the finalists and winner of the award in March, prior to the start of the NCAA Division I Frozen Four. The Gridiron Club established the Joe Concannon Award in 2001 to honor the late Concannon, a lifelong devotee of college hockey and, as a journalist, a staunch advocate for the amateur athletes he knew and covered. A native of Litchfield, Conn., Concannon graduated from Boston University in 1961 and served as sports information director at the College of the Holy Cross before joining the Boston Globe in the late 1960s to cover college sports.