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BOSTON (AP) ?Jack Parker had been at Boston University about 3 years when,
unable to persuade his bosses to give him a increase, he determined to drive
down to Yale to interview for the opening there.


Ahead of he could get to New Haven, Conn., he pulled off the street and
canceled.


"I knew extremely early on that this was the job for me," Parker stated
Monday, announcing his retirement after 4 decades on the Terriers bench in which
he has almost 900 wins and three NCAA titles.


"Forty-eight of the final 49 many years I have been reporting for duty for BU
hockey, and that is ample," stated Parker, who also played for the Terriers and
was an assistant coach for four many years. "It truly is been a excellent run,
and I had a wonderful time doing it."


In a wood-paneled club space in a sparkling new arena he assisted develop,
Parker lastly mentioned a sort of great bye to a hockey program that has been
synonymous with his name. The third winningest coach in NCAA historical past
?his 894 wins, so far, are the most at a single college ?Parker will stage
down right after the postseason and move into a fundraising occupation.


"I usually imagined of BU as a family," Parker explained to a crowd that
integrated his real family along with dozens of current and former gamers, which
includes NHL and Olympic stars. "I've acquired two daughters and 226 sons."


Michigan has a great hockey program, with 9 NCAA titles, but no one in Ann
Arbor doubts that the football crew runs the show there. Down the Green Line in
Chestnut Hill, Boston College is the reigning national champion in hockey but
there, as well, it skates in the shadow of the revenue sports.


BU has no football crew and a mid-main basketball program that has not won an
NCAA tournament game considering that 1959. It is right here that Parker set up
shop, establishing at this end of Commonwealth Avenue a powerhouse that has sent
66 players to the NHL in his tenure.


"It's a privilege to play at a area like this," stated former Terrier Mike
Grier, who played 14 seasons in the NHL. "I consider Coach allow everyone know
that. That's why he made sure absolutely everyone carried out themselves the
correct way."


In spite of a graduation rate and winning percentage any major football or
basketball plan would envy, BU hockey was tainted last season when two players
had been accused of sexual assault just two months apart. The ensuing university
investigation pointed to a "culture of sexual entitlement" on the group the
players Jonathan
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, the two NHL draft picks, have been suspended.


Parker mentioned Monday that he may well have retired last season if not for
want to see the program via the scandal. "We had a great deal of adversity to
encounter, and I'm glad I had that knowledge as properly," he mentioned,
including that he didn't feel like it tarnished his legacy.


"The folks I'm most concerned about know what BU hockey's all about," he
explained.


To Parker, it is about Travis Roy, who in 1995 was paralyzed 11 seconds into
his initial shift but stays buddies with the coach and an active supporter of
the system. Parker explained the injury was the worst part of his job ?but the
way the BU local community responded was the highlight Dustin
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.


"That was a enormous portion of my existence. I'm genuinely near to him
?he's like household, and he often will be," stated Parker, who spoke with Roy
by cellphone Monday morning the former player was in Florida on getaway and
couldn't attend. "I'm closer to Travis than any of my players, and he played the
least amount of moments for me."


Parker stated he made the decision to announce his retirement on Monday, at
the end of the standard season, to give his existing players some recognize with
out turning the season into a farewell tour. "That is not me," he stated.


Rather, he will remain via the postseason BU (18-15-two) heads into the
Hockey East playoffs towards Merrimack this weekend, giving Parker a opportunity
to join Ron Mason and Green Line Rival Jerry York at Boston College as the only
coaches in NCAA background to win 900 games.


"We've got games to perform, and we have acquired practice tomorrow," he
stated. "I never truly feel like I'm no longer the coach. It most likely won't
hit me right up until October."


Right after the season, Parker will stay with the university as an adviser to
the president, assisting with fundraising. It truly is a talent he demonstrated
when he helped construct Agganis Arena, which opened in 2005, as component of
what athletics director Mike Lynch said was an athletic amenities overhaul that
expense $250 million.


Parker will also seek the advice of on the assortment of a replacement.


"I'd like to say it really is the best occupation in the country http://www.usaolympicshockey.com/John_Carlson_Olympics_Hockey_Jersey,
mostly because of the man to my left," Lynch stated. "And it hasn't been open
for a extremely long time."


Other than that, and attending BU video games with his grandchildren, Parker
joked that he will "possibly comply with Mike Eruzione all around." The former
BU captain, who scored the game-winning goal towards the Soviet Union in the
"Miracle on Ice" game, was one of four BU gamers on the 1980 U.S. team that won
Olympic gold.


"It will be genuinely various seeking down the bench and not in search of
Jack there," said Eruzione, who was also in attendance. "I don't forget taking
such pride in being a Terrier due to the fact I knew what becoming a Terrier
meant to Jack."


In all, Parker has sent 23 gamers to the Olympics and 66 to the NHL, such as
Tony Amonte, John Cullen, Chris Drury, Mike Grier, Shawn McEachern, Rick
Meagher, Jay Pandolfo, Keith Tkachuk and Scott Young.


"He is been a mentor and coach to so numerous young males above his several
many years," university President Robert Brown said. "That is been an essential
element of his legacy."


Heading into the Hockey East playoffs Zach
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, Parker has a 894-471-115 record with 21 Beanpot titles and
NCAA championships in 1978, 1995 and 2009. York, who played against Parker
although expanding up in the Boston area and has opposed him in the Hockey East
Brooks
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, the Beanpot and the NCAA tournament, wished him
properly.


"We have competed against a single an additional and we've coached towards
one particular yet another for a long, extended time," the BC coach stated. "One
particular of the greatest attributes about our partnership is that, although
we've been in a competitive circumstance for such a extended duration, we still
sustain a special private partnership. From recruiting to coaching towards 1 one
more in massive video games, we've maintained respect for 1 one more. I'm
grateful for that."


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