February 18, 2012

BC's York wins 900th career game

By Jesse Connolly

Goalie John Muse (left) stands alongside coach Jerry York after BC's win in the 2011 Beanpot championship. (Dave Arnold Photography)

Jerry York’s lengthy list of career milestones had the BC coach as a lock to go down as one of the greatest bench bosses in NCAA history long before the calendar turned to February. But what York and the Eagles have accomplished so far this month has only enhanced his already astounding legacy.

Boston College made it three straight Beanpot championships on Monday night, defeating Boston University 3-2 in overtime on a goal by forward Bill Arnold. The “BU Invitational” suddenly seems to be off by a letter, as the Eagles have twice defeated the Terriers during their dominant run and taken home the trophy four of the last five years.

The ever-humble York (Watertown, Mass.) will likely deflect all of the credit to his troops on that one, and ditto for the latest feather the 66-year-old has added to his cap. With a 4-2 win by the Eagles on Friday night over Merrimack, York joined Ron Mason as the only two coaches in college hockey history to win 900 games.

Now in his 40th season as a college coach, York won 125 games over seven years at Clarkson, compiled 342 victories in 15 seasons at Bowling Green and has won a jaw-dropping 433 contests during his 18 years at the helm at BC.

With victory No. 900, York moves to within 25 victories of passing Mason – who also spent part of his coaching days at Bowling Green – to become the all-time leader in wins.

But before he gets to within striking distance of that mark, York would much rather focus on helping his club earn another national championship. Boston College entered Saturday’s action with a 14-7-1 record in Hockey East, locking them up in a tie for first with Boston University.