|Report: Jack Parker to announce his retirement on Monday||03.10.13 at 7:09 pm ET|
Boston University hockey coach Jack Parker will take the occasion of his 68th birthday to announce his retirement Monday, according to a report by ESPN.
The college hockey coaching legend has coached the Terriers for 40 seasons, winning three national championships and leading BU to 24 NCAA hockey tournament berths, more than any coach in history.
His 894 career victories are the most by a coach with one school, and third most all-time, trailing current Boston College coach Jerry York and former Michigan State coach Ron Mason.
Under Parker, BU also won seven Hockey East titles and 21 Beanpot championships. This season has been an up-and-down campaign for Parker’s Terriers. They finished the regular season with an 18-15-2 mark, and will face Merrimack in the quarterfinals of the Hockey East tournament next weekend.
The Terriers suffered two bad losses in the Beanpot this year when they were beaten by Northeastern and Harvard in back-to-back Mondays in February, finishing in last place. Below is Parker’s post-game press conference from the Northeastern loss on Feb. 4.
The last 18 months have been difficult for Parker and his legacy at the Boston hockey institution. A report commissioned by the school concluded that hockey players were given star treatment and lived in a “culture of sexual entitlement”, chronicling several inappropriate incidents. The report was commissioned after two BU players were charged with sexual assault, in different incidents, less than three months apart.
The report did not conclude that Parker knew of the inappropriate behavior, but led to Parker vacating his title as executive athletic director.
|BU’s ‘devastating’ Beanpot loss brings Wade Megan to tears||02.04.13 at 9:44 pm ET|
There are losses. There are bad losses. Then there are losses that make the kind of history no player wants any part of.
Such was case for Boston University senior Wade Megan after the 3-2 loss to Northeastern in the 2013 Beanpot first round Monday night at TD Garden. Megan had tears in his eyes when he was asked about being a part of the first class since 1965 to not win a Beanpot title, when coach Jack Parker was a freshman at BU. He cleared his throat a couple of times and exhaled hard before answering Steve Buckley‘s question.
“It’s pretty devastating,” Megan said. “I just wanted it so bad for my teammates, my classmates and my school in general, the BU community. But we have lot of season left. Can’t feel sorry for ourselves, just turn the page.”
It also marks the first loss by BU to Northeastern in the Beanpot since the 1988 title game, the last time Northeastern won the prestigious tournament. The last time BU went four years without winning a Beanpot was 1959-1965.
|Northeastern beats BU in Beanpot opener||at 7:30 pm ET|
Kevin Roy converted a bad turnover from Boston University senior Ben Rosen into a gift goal that broke a 1-1 tie and finished with a hat trick to lift Northeastern to a 3-2 win over the 11th-ranked Terriers on Monday night at TD Garden in the opening game of the 61st Beanpot Tournament.
Chris Rawlings turned aside 32 of the 34 shots he faced to lead Northeastern into the Beanpot final for the third time in five years. However, Northeastern, which will play the winner of the Boston College-Harvard nightcap, hasn’t won the tournament since 1988. The 25-year drought is the second-longest in the history of the tournament. Northeastern went the first 27 years without winning the title before breaking through in 1980. Harvard’s last championship came in 1993.
The win also snapped a 15-game losing streak to the Terriers in Beanpot play, dating back to the 1988 championship game, the last time Northeastern won the prestigious Boston tournament.
Roy put Northeastern (8-13-3) on top just 2:09 into the game. But the Terriers responded when Danny O’Regan beat Rawlings for his 10th of the season just over three minutes later.
Roy was charging down the slot and applying forechecking pressure when Rosen put the puck in front of his own crease, expecting goalie Matt O’Connor to be there. When O’Connor couldn’t handle the puck, Roy put the puck in an open net with 8:24 left in the second.
The Huskies then showed their skill on special teams, killing off a 5-on-3 Boston University advantage for 1:56. Just 10 seconds after that kill, they picked up another boarding penalty but killed that off to end the second and open the third, gaining momentum for the rest of the game.
With 4:38 left in the third, Roy completed the hat trick, beating O’Connor short side for his 15th of the season. Sahir Gill scored with 1:11 left to make things interesting in the final minute but the Terriers couldn’t find the equalizer, and Northeastern punched its ticket to next Monday’s final.
Boston University (13-11-1) lost in the Beanpot opening round for just the third time since 1994. It also marks the first time in over four decades that an entire BU class has gone without a Beanpot title, something that made senior center Wade Megan tear up in the postgame press conference. BU’s last title came in 2009. The last time the Terriers went that long without raising the pot of beans was a seven-year stretch from 1959 to 1965.
|Red Wings sign former BU defenseman Max Nicastro to entry-level contract||07.03.12 at 2:19 pm ET|
Former Boston University defenseman Max Nicastro, who had the rape charges against him from a Feb. 19 arrest dropped last month, signed an entry-level contract with the Red Wings on Tuesday.
Nicastro, who spent three seasons with the Terriers before being dismissed from the team after the arrest, recorded three goals and six assists in 27 games last season.
Along with Nicastro, who was a third-round pick (91st overall) in the 2008 draft, the Red Wings signed 2011 fourth-round pick Marek Tvrdon on Tuesday.
Nicastro, who was the second Terrier to be arrested last season, had his charges dropped on June 1, while former teammate Corey Trivino’s sexual assault charges from a Dec. 11 arrest have not yet been settled.
Nicastro will likely begin next season with the Red Wings AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids.
|Former Terrier Mike Grier retires from NHL||12.01.11 at 1:25 pm ET|
Former Boston University Terrier-turned-NHL-pro Mike Grier retired from professional hockey Thursday, the NHL Players’ Association announced. Grier played 14 seasons of NHL hockey, spending six years with the Oilers followed by a two-year stint with the Capitals, a three-year run with the Sharks and two separate two-year stints with the Sabres. The 36-year-old forward finished his NHL career with 383 points (162 goals, 221 assists) in 1,060 games. He was the first US-born and trained African-American player to play in the NHL.
Grier, a native of Detroit, played his high school hockey for St. Sebastian’s in Needham. Grier then played for three seasons at BU and won a national championship with the Terriers in 1995. Grier left school early to join the Oilers, where he recorded two 20-goal seasons and made the playoffs four times. He then bounced around the league, but consistently put together 20-to-30-point seasons. Grier played in 73 games last season with the Sabres and recorded 16 points on five goals and 11 assists. He had not yet played this season.
|Chris Drury retires after 12 NHL seasons||08.19.11 at 1:49 pm ET|
Former Rangers captain Chris Drury announced his retirement from professional hockey Friday after 12 seasons. The veteran center tallied 255 goals and 360 assists in 892 career games.
After being drafted by the Quebec Nordiques (who later moved to Colorado and became the Avalanche) in the third round in 1994, the Trumbull, Conn., native began a four-year career at Boston University.
Drury won a national championship his freshman year at BU and then, after being named runner-up the year before, earned the prestigious Hobey Baker Award his senior season.
In June, Drury accepted a buyout from the Rangers for the 2011-12 season as it was announced that he may have a degenerative condition in his left knee. As an unrestricted free agent, Drury searched for a team willing to take a chance on him but was unsuccessful.
|Report: Al Skinner ‘in mix’ for Boston University job||06.21.11 at 10:59 am ET|
Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com tweeted Monday afternoon that sources told the website that former Boston College men’s basketball Al Skinner is “in the mix” for the same position at Boston University. Skinner, with a record of 385-291 over 22 seasons at The Heights, was the winningest coach in Eagles history before departing in 2010. BC associate head coach Joe Jones also is a possibility, according to Goodman.
BU was left without a coach after Pat Chambers, who led the Terriers to their first America East championship and NCAA tournament appearance since 2002, left for Penn State at the beginning of the month.
|Best of the Beanpot||02.01.10 at 2:55 pm ET|
The Beanpot is the most historic event in college hockey, and it has lived up to its billing as of late. Last year’s final saw No. 1 Boston University best No. 3 Northeastern, 5-2, thanks to three shorthanded goals. And while the 58th version of the Beanpot might not have as much luster as in recent memory, with only No. 15 Boston College ranked in the USA Today poll, it is sure to bring plenty of memories. With the semifinals starting Monday night — BC will face Harvard and Northeastern is squaring off against BU — the time is right to look back on some of the best memories of the last 35 years of the Beanpot.
Jack Parker played on three Beanpot champions and two NCAA Tournament teams, including a runner-up in 1967. So when he took over his former team as coach in the 1973-74 season, Parker knew just what he needed to do to make his team competitive. And while he was a great player, he is arguably the best coach in the history of college hockey. Of the 21 teams he has guided to Beanpot wins, the 1975 Terrier squad was his first.
The Blizzard of ‘78 belted Boston, and the Beanpot felt its effects. With the storm coinciding with the semifinal games of the 26th year of the event, over 11,000 fans braved the weather to get to the Garden. Over 200 fans were left stranded in the Garden, eating leftover hotdogs and popcorn for days. The final between BU and Harvard had to be postponed until the beginning of March, where the Terriers won, 7-1.
Northeastern was always the “other” team in the Beanpot. But in his senior year, Husky legend Wayne Turner gave NU the spotlight with what is remembered by many as the best play in Beanpot history. Turner fired a wrist shot past BC goalie Bob O’Connor in overtime, and “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World” gave his team its first Beanpot trophy.
The Eagles break out the “Beanpot Trot” before the final against BU. The hockey gods look down in shame, and BC gets waxed 4-1 in the final by BU.
After rallying from a 2-0 deficit to tie BU, Northeastern looked to be on the verge of winning a fifth Beanpot trophy. But a familiar name in Boston hockey, Bourque, had other thoughts. Chris Bourque, the eldest son of Bruins legend Ray Bourque, scored the game winner in OT to give the Terriers their 26th Beanpot win.
In the highest scoring final since 1996, when BU crushed Northeastern 11-4, BC and Harvard were tied 5-5 at the end of three periods. Eigtheen-year-old freshman Nick Petrecki, who had scored his first collegiate goal earlier in the second period, emerged as the hero for the Eagles thanks to his overtime tally, which gave BC its 14th Beanpot win.
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