Last night word leaked that Boston University men's hockey coach Jack Parker would be calling it quits after 40 years behind the Terriers bench. This afternoon Parker made it official in a news conference at Agganis Arena. The announcement came on Parker's 68th birthday.
"I didn't want to go through a farewell tour of the other rinks in the league," Parker said. "At the same time, I didn't want to wait until the end of the year when all the games were over. .l.. I always talk about BU being a family, I've got two daughters and 26 sons, and the team right now are my youngest sons, and I'm not going to have any more children. ... I hope (Merrimack coach) Mark Dennehy doesn't think it's a ploy so we can get a win against Merrimack. I wanted (the team) to know we were going to go through this together."
Parker will stay with the university as an advisor to president Robert Brown in a fundraising capacity, a place where he has spent 48 of the last 49 years of his life.
While Parker won't go through a farewell tour of the Hockey East rinks, there's still a few games left in his 40-year coaching career with BU. The no. 3 ranked Terriers host the no. 6 seeded Merrimack Warriors in a best-of-three quarterfinals series this weekend at Agganis. Should both BU and Boston College advance to the Garden, it would set up possibly one final matchup between Parker and Jerry York, his long-time coaching foil at the other end of Comm. Ave.
The Terriers are also fighting for one of the final spots in this year's NCAA Tournament. At 18-15-2 on the year, if the season ended today, Boston University would be the first team out of the National Tournament.
His career record stands at 894-471-115 and includes three National Championships (1978, 1995, 2009), 13 Frozen Fours, 24 NCAA Tournaments, 11 regular season titles (three ECAC, eight Hockey East) and 11 conference tournament titles (four ECAC, seven Hockey East).