February 13, 2014
Legendary BU coach Jack Parker will have his number retired on February 28
BOSTON — The Boston University Department of Athletics will officially retire Jack Parker's No. 6 in a ceremony during the first intermission of the men's ice hockey team's game against Northeastern on Friday (Feb. 28) at Agganis Arena. The game starts at 7:00 p.m.
Parker's No. 6 will join Travis Roy's No. 24 as the only retired numbers in the storied program's history.
Parker (SMG'68, Hon.'97) retired in March following 40 seasons at the helm of the BU program and was head coach of the Terriers for Hockey East's first 29 seasons. Parker first became associated with the BU hockey program in 1963, when he arrived on campus as a freshman.
The Somerville native and Catholic Memorial High School standout was a sparkplug at center for the 1966-68 Terrier varsity teams that combined for a 72-22-4 record and he served as team captain his senior year. He wore the No. 6 jersey for a reason outside of hockey, as he idolized Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell while growing up.
A three-time recipient of the Spencer Penrose Award (NCAA Div. I Hockey Coach of the Year), Parker ranks third all-time amongst Division I hockey coaches in career victories with 897. His win total marks the most of any college hockey coach at the same institution and he also holds the record for NCAA tournament appearances as a coach with 24. He led the Terriers to three NCAA championships (1978, 1995, 2009), 11 conference titles and 21 Beanpot crowns.
It's fitting that the number retirement will take place during the Olympic Games, as Team USA's Kevin Shattenkirk made his Olympic debut on Thursday morning to become the 24th BU player who was coached by Parker to play for his country at the Games.
One of Parker's proudest moments came in 1980 when former Terriers Mike Eruzione, Dave Silk, Jack O'Callahan and Jim Craig were key members of the `Miracle on Ice' team that won the gold medal in Lake Placid, N.Y.
WHO: Former Boston University Head Coach Jack Parker
WHAT: No. 6 Retirement Ceremony
WHERE: Agganis Arena
WHEN: Friday (Feb. 28) during the 1st intermission of the men's ice hockey game vs. Northeastern at 7:30 p.m.
Coach Parker will be made available to the media immediately following the ceremony