|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.
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