April 8, 2014
Former Boston University head coach Jack Parker is the 2014 Legend of Hockey recipient
St. Paul, Minn. – The Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation is very pleased to announce its 2014 Legend of Hockey recipient is Jack Parker. A veteran of 40 years coaching at the elite Division I college level, Parker spent his entire career with the Boston University Terriers. Parker led the Terriers to three NCAA championships (1978, 1995, 2009), 11 conference titles and 21 championship titles in the historic Beanpot tournament.
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.
Following a playing career at BU, Parker immediately jumped into coaching joining BU as an assistant coach in 1969, a post he held for three years before being elevated to the B-team's head coaching post in 1972. Just before Christmas of 1973, Parker was handed the reins to the varsity Terriers and began a run of four straight years with ECAC conference crowns. Boston University became a founding member of Hockey East in 1984 and since then, Parker led BU to seven conference tournament titles and eight regular-season crowns. His 421 wins in league play are a Hockey East record. He just retired after a distinguished career in March of 2013.
His overall coaching record of 897-472-115 (.643) includes the first 29 seasons of Hockey East's existence. A native of Somerville, MA, Parker attended Catholic Memorial High School becoming a sparkplug center on Terrier teams from 1966-68, including team captain his senior season. This past February, Team USA's Kevin Shattenkirk became the 24th BU player who was coached by Parker to play in the Olympic Games. One of Parker's proudest moments came in 1980 when four 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.
Parker has received many accolades during his tenure behind the BU bench including being honored with the NHL's Lester Patrick Award for outstanding contributions to hockey (2010); five-time Hockey East Coach of the Year; New England Coach of the Year seven times; inducted into the BU Athletic Hall of Fame (1994); inducted into the Beanpot Hall of Fame (1995) and The Sports Museum's Tradition (2009) and most recently (March 21, 2014) was the first coach to receive the Hockey East Founders Medal.
Coach Parker will be honored along with this year's Hobey Baker Award winner at the annual Hobey Baker Award Banquet on Thursday, May 29, 2014 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Banquet tickets are available by visiting the Hobey website at: hobeybaker.com. The Hobey Baker Memorial Award annually honors college hockey's top player and the 2014 recipient will be announced Friday, April 11 during the NCAA Frozen Four championship in Philadelphia, Penn., and will be televised locally at 6 p.m. ET on The Comcast Network.