BU hockey coach Jack Parker retiring at end of season

By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff
Posted March 11, 2013, at 5:11 p.m.

BOSTON — Boston University men’s hockey coach Jack Parker, who has recorded 894 wins and three national titles, is retiring at the end of the season, he announced at a press conference Monday at Agganis Arena.

The announcement came on Parker’s 68th birthday.

Under Parker’s guidance, the Terriers captured NCAA titles in 1978, 1995 and 2009. His 894 wins rank third in the NCAA and are the most victories for a coach at one school.

The Terriers have also won 21 Beanpot titles under Parker.

University of Maine men’s hockey coach Tim Whitehead said he wasn’t surprised at Parker’s announcement.

“Not at all,” said Whitehead. “I’m sure he had given it a lot of thought.

“I respect his body of work. He has had an incredible career … all the championships and all the players he has sent to the National Hockey League.”

BU is the third seed in this weekend’s Hockey East playoff series and will host No. 6 Merrimack.

Under Parker, BU has received praise for the graduation rate of its hockey players and for being able to groom players for the NHL. Last season, however, the program was hurt by sexual assault charges against two players and a report from a Boston University task force that cited a “culture of sexual entitlement” on the team.

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