Weiniger, Koo Named Semifinalists For Joe Concannon Award

Ollie Koo (25) and Daniel Weiniger (16) have combined for 45 points through 21 games this season
Ollie Koo (25) and Daniel Weiniger (16) have combined for 45 points through 21 games this season

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin College men's ice hockey players Daniel Weiniger (Warren, N.J.) and Ollie Koo (Greenwich, Conn.) have been named semifinalists for the 13th annual Joe Concannon Award.

Given by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston, the Joe Concannon Award is presented annually to the best American-born small-college hockey player in New England. There are 16 semifinalists for the award, which will be awarded in March at the NCAA Final Four and presented at the New England Hockey Writers dinner in April.

Weiniger and Koo have been crucial to the success of the Polar Bears, who are recording their best season in over a decade and currently rank fifth in Division III in scoring (4.38 goals/game). A senior captain, Weiniger ranks third in the NESCAC with 14 goals this season while also dishing out 11 assists. Earlier this season he became the 34th player in school history to reach 100 points and has twice been named the NESCAC Player of the Week.

After enjoying a breakout campaign as a sophomore, Koo has developed into one of the league's most potent offensive threats as a junior. With a dozen goals and a dozen assists, he ranks fifth in the conference in points with eight of his 24 points coming on the power play. He also has earned a NESCAC Player of the Week nod this season.

Bowdoin has twice had a player earn the Concannon Award. Michael Carosi '02 took the honor in 2002 and Adam Dann '06 was the recipient in 2006.

The Polar Bears (17-2-2), currently ranked third in the latest Division III poll, will look to clinch the top seed for the upcoming NESCAC Tournament when they host a pair of games at Watson Arena this weekend. Bowdoin will play Tufts at 7:00 p.m. Friday before battling Conn. College at 4:00 p.m. Saturday.