On Friday evening, the Boston College hockey program beat UMass-Amherst 8-0 in its latest contest to give college hockey legend Jerry York his 1000th career win.
The 70-year-old now holds an astounding record of 1000-591-105 between his tenure at Clarkson, Bowling Green, and Boston College. In his career, he has won five National Championships—four at BC—nine Hockey East Tournaments, and eight Beanpot championships.
A Watertown, Massachusetts native, York is a household name in the greater Boston area, if not nationwide as the coach of one of college hockey's most storied programs. From an early age, he had Boston College in his blood. Upon graduating from Boston College High School in 1963, he graced the Heights with his athletic presence, playing hockey under John "Snooks" Kelley. During his senior year, he was honored as an AHCA East All-American, and previously was ECAC Hockey All-Tournament Second Team in 1967, in addition to being named to the All-ECAC Hockey Second Team.
Not only did York amass accolades on the ice, but he also found success in the classroom, earning a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's of education, both from BC.
In 1972, York was named the head coach at Clarkson, where he remained for seven years. Following his time in New York, he took over at Bowling Green for fifteen years. As the head of the Falcon's program, his team made six NCAA tournament appearances and won the 1984 national title. York also amassed nine 20+ win seasons and the honor of Division I Coach of the Year in '77.
Come 1994, Jerry made his much anticipated return to the Heights to take over for his former team. It only took the Eagles three years under York to return to the NCAA title game during the 1997 season. Four years later, York and co. returned to the tournament and took home the championship, his first taste of the hardware as an Eagle. In total, Boston College has won four national championships in York's tenure: 2001, 2008, 2010, and 2012.
York previously made history when he earned his 925th victory in 2012 to become the winningest college hockey coach of all time, as well as in 2014 when he earned his 502nd win as the Boston College head coach to become the winningest coach in BC history.
As York is contracted to remain the coach for the Eagles until 2020, there is no doubt that there is further greatness to prepare for in the coming years. Congratulations Coach!
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