The ECHL has announced South Carolina Stingrays President Rob Concannon as the recipient of the League's General Manager of the Year award for the 2017-18 season. The award is determined by a vote of ECHL coaches.
Concannon helped oversee one of the best single seasons in the Stingrays’ 25-year history in 2017-18. South Carolina set new club records for wins (48) and points (104) while qualifying for the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the 11th straight season and 24th time overall. The Stingrays allowed 153 goals, the fewest ever allowed by any team in the ECHL’s 30-year history, and allowed just 27 power-play goals, setting a new league record in that category as well.
"I am grateful and honored that I was selected but I feel like Ryan Warsofsky, Steve Bergin, and the players deserve the credit," Concannon said. "Ryan works the phones tirelessly in the summer months shaping our team. During the season he works long hours, handles the daily changes in the roster and balances the salary cap while giving us the best chance of winning year after year. I’ve enjoyed working with him closely during the last five seasons and hope we can continue to grow the rich tradition of Stingrays hockey."
"I'm extremely happy to see Rob and the Stingrays organization receive this honor," said Stingrays Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Ryan Warsofsky. "I enjoy working with Rob to continue improving our team's winning culture. His leadership allows our staff to do our jobs to the best of our ability."
Concannon is in his eighth season as president of South Carolina. Born in Dorchester, Mass., Concannon played for the Stingrays from 1995 to 2000, was a member of the 1997 Kelly Cup championship team and was inducted into the Stingrays Hall of Fame in 2004. He retired from hockey with the sixth most games played in Stingrays history at 330, and sixth all-time with 231 points (111g-120a).
Prior to turning pro, Concannon was a Division III All-American in 1995 with Salem State College. In addition to the Stingrays, Concannon skated for the Idaho Steelheads and Greenville Grrrowl during his eight-year hockey career.