The Hockey Hall of Fame announced on Tuesday the inductees for the class of 2019, and Boston College will have a legendary figure inducted in this November.
Boston College Men’s Hockey Head Coach and legend of the sport Jerry York was announced as one of the six inductees in the 2019 class, joining players Hayley Wickenheiser, Guy Carbonneau, Vaclav Nedomansky, and Sergei Zubov as well as fellow “builder” inductee Jim Rutherford.
Jerry York is a college hockey icon, the greatest collegiate men’s hockey coach to ever stand behind the bench and the winningest coach in the history of the men’s college game. He has a mind-numbing 1,067 career wins (and counting) as a coach, including a nice round 600 with the Eagles. He has won five national championships, one at Bowling Green in 1984 and, of course, four at Boston College in 2001, 2008, 2010, and 2012. He also spent seven seasons as the head coach at Clarkson University.
Jerry York is known the world over as one of the true gentlemen of the sport, a class act and a great man who gets his players out the door “with a championship ring in one hand and a diploma in the other.”
This Hall of Fame induction is paradoxically both a big surprise (none of us quite expected to see this news today) as well as, truthfully, totally expected. Given York’s place in the sport, it was only a matter of time before his name was called.
Congratulations to Coach York on his induction to the Hockey Hall of Fame!