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The 800 Club

Hockey's Jack Parker gets 800th victory in January

| From Commonwealth | By Jessica Ullian

Jack Parker, BU men’s ice hockey coach, has led the team to two NCAA and six Hockey East titles. Photo by Vernon Doucette

With a 3-1 road victory over Merrimack on January 30, Terrier men’s ice hockey coach Jack Parker joined an elite group of collegiate coaches: those with 800 career victories. Only former Michigan State coach Ron Mason and Boston College coach Jerry York have more. Parker is the first coach in NCAA history to win 800 games at one school.

“I’m old,” Parker says about the significance of the victory. “I’ve been here a long time — that’s the reason you get 800 wins. I’ve also had over these thirty-six seasons some fabulous assistant coaches who have recruited some great players.”

“Jack Parker epitomizes the very best in college coach­ing, and the milestone of his 800th victory is a testimony to the quality of his program and his skill as a leader on and off the ice,” says Boston University President Robert A. Brown. “The whole BU community is beaming with pride.”

Parker (SMG’68, Hon.’97), who has coached the team since 1973, has led the Terriers to two NCAA titles, four consecutive Eastern College Athletic Conference crowns, twenty-one Beanpot championships, and seven Hockey East titles.

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