Sunday, March 10, 2013

BU head coach Parker to announce retirement on Monday

Multiple sources have confirmed that Boston University has called for a 3 PM press conference on Monday, where it is expected that long-time men's ice hockey head coach Jack Parker will announce his retirement effective the end of this season.

The Terriers finished the regular season with a 5-0 defeat of Northeastern, and snagged third place in Hockey East with a 15-10-2 record and 18-15-2 mark overall. BU will kick off the quarterfinals at Agganis Arena against Merrimack on Friday, the start of a best-of-three series.

Parker helped the Commonwealth Avenue program to national titles in 1978, 1995 and 2009.

The 67-year-old Boston-area native suited up for BU from 1965-68 and has been at the helm since 1973.

As of the conclusion of the 2012-13 season, Parker holds an 876-456-113 record all-time, which includes an incredible 24 NCAA Tournament appearances and 21 Beanpot championships during his tenure, along with eight in-season Hockey East championships and seven playoff conference titles.

His 894 wins is the most in NCAA history with a single school and Parker ranks third all-time on the wins list behind Ron Mason and rival head coach Jerry York of Boston College.

College Hockey News is reporting five possible replacement candidates: current Colorado Avalanche and former standout Joe Sacco, John Hynes, former player and current assistant Mike Bavis, former Bruins head coach Mike Sullivan and David Quinn.

Stay with The Phanatic for the full story tomorrow.

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