March 18, 2014
— Conference Welcomes Back Former Head and Assistant Coaches at 30th Anniversary —
Jack Parker will become the first coach to receive the Hockey East Founders Medal this Friday night
Longtime Boston University hockey coach Jack Parker will become the first coach to receive the Hockey East Founders Medal this Friday night between semifinal games at the TD Garden as Hockey East celebrates its 30th anniversary. Parker, who spent 40 years behind the Terriers' bench, is the only coach to have spent the conference's first 29 years as a league head coach. His 897 career wins are third all-time in NCAA history.
"It will give me great pleasure to make this presentation on Friday night," said Hockey East commissioner Joe Bertagna in announcing this honor. "I have known Jack for more than four decades and appreciate his contributions not only to the growth of Hockey East but to the game of college hockey. It is fitting that he is the first coach to be so honored."
The Hockey East Founders Medal was established in 2009 upon the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Hockey East. That year, the inaugural medals were presented during the Hockey East Championship to the five founding athletic directors: Irwin Cohen of Northeastern, Bill Flynn of Boston College, Lou Lamoriello of Providence College, Andy Mooradian of the University of New Hampshire and John Simpson of Boston University. Two years later, the sixth, seventh and eighth medals were presented to former Hockey East commissioners Stu Haskell and Bob DeGregorio and former Hockey East Supervisor of Officials Brendan Sheehy.
In 2013, TD Garden Vice President Steve Nazro and legendary BU and TD Garden PA announcer Jim Prior received the ninth and tenth medals.
The presentation of the Founders Medal will come at the end of a special ceremony on the TD Garden ice before the start of the second semifinal game on Friday. Approximately 20 former coaches or members of coaches' families will be on hand as Hockey East celebrates its coaching history as part of the 30th anniversary celebration.
Friday's schedule includes Notre Dame vs. defending champion UMass Lowell at 5:00, followed by Providence College vs. the University of New Hampshire at 8:00. Tickets are available at the TD Garden Box Office or through ticketmaster.com.