"You have to remember, he didn’t come from the University of Nowhere," York said. "Chris played in two world junior championships for Team USA and was a part of two N.C.A.A. titles with us. But you do have to give him credit for stepping into the biggest market in the country and not just looking comfortable, but excelling."
York is not alone with his Boston College pride. After Kreider’s third-period star turn, Parker Milner, his goaltender at Boston College, wrote on Twitter: "Are you kidding me, Kreids. Word is they are chanting Kreider at MSG."
What we do have is a terrific mindset that once you enter our program, you are an "Eagle," and that’s way above any individual pursuits here, like All-America honors or Hobey Baker honors. Then there is that feeling that we share this with each other – we care for each other, kind of a cultural thing, a BC thing. That is what separates us from a lot of other teams. Other teams have gotten good players, and have mastered the Xs and Os, but our emotional involvement in winning games and chasing trophies is what drives our whole engine.
There are lots of average teams and there’s nothing wrong with that," said York. "Of the 58 teams, probably 40 are average. That means they win one, lose one. They’re in the mix.
"But the next step is the elite college teams. We had to make a self-evaluation about what type of team we wanted to be. We could continue and win a couple, lose a couple. Or we could go after that elite status. If you go after that, then you have to bring a better work ethic, a better intensity to every day.
"Our kids didn’t want to be average."
When we look at Air Force, and do some research on the (Falcons), Frank (Serratore) has had some really tremendous efforts in recent NCAA games," said York. "You look at their win against Michigan, 2-0, (in 2009), their loss against Vermont in double OT (in 2009), the loss to Miami in OT (3-2, in 2008), it's remarkable how close they've been to Frozen Fours. So they have our attention."
"Our whole team understands, this is a national tournament," said York. "You've got 16 teams; they're the elite teams in college hockey. And the best team wins on that particular night. We understand. We've gone deep into the tournament, we've won national tournaments, and we've also lost first games. So we're ready for Air Force. If they beat us on Friday, they're just the better team than we are that night. It won't be because we're not ready."
Has Jerry York really accumulated 400 wins in just 15 years? The math couldn’t get much more impressive. In the 14 full seasons since York hit the 500 milestone, he’s averaged 26.5 wins a year. If you throw out his 18-win seasons following the 2001 and 2008 national championships, that average goes up to 28.75. Other than those two years when the celebratory losses to the pros were near-insurmountable, his worst season has included 24 wins.
Read that again. A worst season of 24 wins.
"What Chris had to learn, as he gets towards the NHL, is that the pros have a lot of very smart defenseman, and they're as strong as he is and some guys are even as fast as Chris," Clark said. "So he had to learn how to play a team game. And that's what [Boston College Head Coach] Jerry York was able to provide for him. And he and that coaching staff have done a great job. Everything isn't just dependent on him. At prep school it was "if Chris went we won." At Boston College you're one of the team; he's learned how to play a team game and learned how to play his position."
The Post has learned the Rangers do not believe that 2009 first-round draft choice Chris Kreider has made an irrevocable decision to return to Boston College next year for his junior season, though that's what Eagles head coach Jerry York announced yesterday.
It is believed that the Blueshirts are in communication with the winger, who will turn 20 on April 30. The Post last week was told by an individual close to Kreider that he is leaning toward returning to school.