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BC coach Jerry York retires; most NCAA hockey wins


BOSTON (AP) — Boston College coach Jerry York, a Hockey Hall of Famer who has won five NCAA championships and the most games in college hockey history, said Wednesday that he was retiring.

York, 76, told his coaches and players it felt like the right time after 28 years at Chestnut Hill and 50 years as a coach. He said he’s ready to spend more time traveling with his wife, Bobbie, and watching his grandkids’ hockey, lacrosse and soccer games.

“I leave knowing this is the right time to go,” York said in a statement. “The book is not closed, but it’s time for me to start a new chapter.”

After arriving in Chestnut Hill in 1994 from Bowling Green, where he led the Falcons to the NCAA title in 1984, York guided British Columbia to national championships in 2001, 2008, 2010 and 2012. His 1 123 total wins and 41 in the NCAA Tournament are the most ever.

York was Hockey East’s Coach of the Year five times, most recently in 2021, and won the national award in 1977. He has coached four Hobey Baker Award winners, 17 NHL first-round picks and 12 champions of the Stanley Cup.

“It’s hard to put into words how much Jerry York means to Boston College,” said athletic director Pat Kraft. “His record as the winningest coach in NCAA men’s ice hockey and BC hockey speaks for itself, but it is his humility, his decency, his unwavering commitment to his players. , his fellow coaches and all of us in the BC family, and the quiet ways he brings to this community that makes him so beloved He is a legend and one of the most stylish people to have. never trained in college sports.

A native of nearby Watertown, York went to Boston College High School and then played for coach John “Snooks” Kelley in British Columbia, where in 1965 he led the Eagles to the Beanpot title and game. national championship. In 1967, he was a first-team All-American and won the Walter Brown Award as the top American-born player in New England.

In all, he scored 84 goals with 70 assists while leading the Eagles to a 60-29 record.

York became a coach and started at Clarkson at age 27, leading the Golden Knights from 1972 to 1979 before moving to Bowling Green. He won his first national championship in 1984, then came to Boston College in 1994 and quickly became one of three coaches in NCAA history to win championships at two different schools.

In 2012, York surpassed Michigan State’s Ron Mason as the winningest coach in college hockey. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a builder in 2019.


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