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Jerry York Collects Victory #900 As Boston College Hockey Tops Merrimack 4-2

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***Added highlights from the game!***

BC hockey handled Merrimack 4-2 tonight. The Eagles shot out to a 4-0 lead and despite a couple goals from the Warriors to make it interesting, the game was never in doubt.

We came into the night needing a big weekend against a highly-ranked team. We were riding high after winning the Beanpot in epic fashion and needed to do everything possible to avoid a post-Beanpot hangover, sitting in #2 in the Pairwise Rankings and fighting for a Hockey East regular season title... and yet, all that wasn't even close to being tops on everyone's mind tonight.

Tonight was all about Jerry York, who might possibly be the greatest college hockey coach of all time. Tonight Jerry collected his milestone 900th career victory, tops among active coaches and #2 all time. He trails only retired coach Ron Mason with 924 career wins for most all time, a number that could very well be topped next season.

Oh, and it can't be denied that the man has style.

Coach York has been coaching BC since 1994. He is a Double Eagle (BC High '63, BC '67). Since coming to BC, he has accumulated:

-- 12 NCAA Tournament Appearances
-- 9 Frozen Four Appearances
-- 8 Conference Championships
-- 3 National Championships

But Jerry York's legendary status goes beyond the numbers. He class is outdone only by his humility. After BC's 2010 NCAA Championship, BC wanted to retire his number. Jerry would have none of it. After the game today, Coach had this to say about the milestone:

"When you sign up for a team sport, whether you’re a coach or a player, it’s never about individual accomplishment... It’s something that just doesn't really motivate me. We try to win trophies. When you’re a team, that’s your goal... Boston College has provided all of us here with an opportunity to chase some trophies."
-- via @MikeMcMahonET

That pretty much sums him up. Jerry York is a legend here at Boston College. Don't take for granted what we've been fortunate enough to be a part of for the last 18 years. Hopefully, there are many more years to come.

BC takes on Merrimack in North Andover tomorrow night in the 2nd half of a home-and-home to conclude the season series. Merrimack entered the night 11th in the Pairwise and with the loss falls dangerously close to dropping out of NCAA Tournament selection. The Eagles, depending on how the other games shake out tonight, should end up on the top of the Pairwise Rankings for the first time since the mid-season slump.

Jerry York 900th win press conference, via Heights Sports.