Jerry York continued to pick up postseason honors on Wednesday when he was awarded the 2018 Clark Hodder Award, the award given out to the Division 1 Coach of the Year for all of New England. The award comes just a few weeks after York was tabbed as the Hockey East Coach of the Year at the Hockey East postseason banquet.
This is York’s third New England Coach of the year award, following his wins in the 2003-04 and 2013-14 seasons. Despite being picked to finish 4th in Hockey East in the preseason, York lead the Eagles to a regular season title and a 20-14-3 overall record, the ninth straight season that his team has put up at least 20 wins.
As some of us have stated in recent weeks, York truly did an amazing job this season despite the unpleasant and abrupt fashion in which it ended. He had a team that relied heavily on production from underclassmen and that lacked any true seniors a bounce or two away from competing in the Hockey East Championship game and for an NCAA Tournament bid, and for a season that many of us expected to be a rebuilding year, that is no small accomplishment. So while Coach York may say that he expects more out of himself, it’s nice for the fans to see him honored like this and remember just how spoiled we are to have him behind the bench season after season. Congrats to Jerry York on this well deserved honor.