Terrier head coach Jack Parker was honored by having the ice rink at Agganis Arena named after him.
BOSTON, MA--Boston University president ad interim Dr. Aram Chobanian announced tonight that the ice hockey rink at the University's new state-of-the-art Agganis Arena will be named after Terrier head coach Jack Parker.
The announcement was made to the sellout crowd attending the Terriers' final regular-season home game against the University of New Hampshire on Thursday, March 3.
"The John Hancock Student Village and its Agganis Arena have brought great attention and energy to BU athletics," said Chobanian. "Now we want to carve out a special part of that place and name it after head coach Jack Parker who turned BU hockey into an exciting, successful, and nationally recognized program. "
"The naming of the rink after Coach Parker is Boston University's way of recognizing the contributions of one of America's college coaching legends," continued Chobanian. "Coach Parker and his teams' accomplishments, together with the magnificent leadership displayed by John Hancock, have made Agganis Arena a reality not just for the University community but also for the greater region to enjoy."
"This is an honor that Jack richly deserves," said athletics director Mike Lynch. "He is being recognized not just for his what his teams have been able to achieve on the ice over the years, but also for the loyalty and dedication he has displayed to Boston University for nearly 40 years first as a student-athlete, then as an assistant coach and finally as a head coach.
"He has shown a commitment to the development of his players as contributors to their respective communities both on and off the ice," continued Lynch.
"This is a highly significant moment in our history and we congratulate Coach Parker on this honor," concluded the athletics director.
"This is a tremendous honor for myself and my family," said Parker. "I want to thank Dr. Chobanian and (executive vice president) Joe Mercurio for all their efforts in having this done.
"Boston University has treated me and the hockey program very well over the years," continued the coach. "One of the reasons I have been here so long is that has made the commitment to having a successful hockey program.
"I am not sure I will fully appreciate this, though, until after this season is over," said Parker. "This is quite a rink. Boston University did it right when building Agganis Arena, and it will be the bench mark for facilities in the future."
A 1968 graduate of Boston University, Parker has established a storied legacy during his 32-year coaching career. He comes into the New Hampshire game with an overall coaching record of 712-367-79. Among his most notable accomplishments during his career.
· He is one of just four college hockey coaches to win over 700 games.
· He has won more games at the same institution than any college hockey coach.
· During the years, Parker-coached Terrier teams have won more than 40 tournament titles. The most recent was on February 14th when B.U. skated to a 3-2 overtime win over Northeastern in the Beanpot. It was the 25th time the Terriers had won the coveted title, and 18th won by Parker.
· Parker has also won two NCAA titles-1978 and 1995, while 19 of his teams have advanced to the national tournament. At the NCAAs, he has won 25 games, the most of any college hockey coach.
· Under Parker, the Terriers have also won five Hockey East Tournaments and four consecutive Eastern College Athletic Conference titles.
· Twice during his career, Parker has been selected the NCAA Coach of the Year, while he has been the New England Coach of the Year four times, and the Hockey East Coach of the Year three times.
· Since 1976, 17 of his players have played in the Olympics, including four who were on the 1980 U.S. Gold-Medal-winning team that executed the Miracle On Ice. The four included team captain Mike Eruzione, goalie Jim Craig, defenseman Jack O'Callahan, and forward David Silk.
· Forty-three of Parker's former players have gone on to play in the National Hockey League.
Born in Somerville, MA, Parker was a three-year varsity standout for the Terrier hockey team. Captain of the 1967-68 team and recipient of the Bennett McInnis Award for team spirit his senior year, Parker played on Terrier teams that compiled an overall record of 72-22-4. He never lost a Beanpot game and had an overall record of 27-1 against the three Beanpot teams-Boston College, Harvard, and Northeastern.
Parker is married to the former Jacqueline Gibson of Wellesley and has two daughters, Jacqueline and Allison and two grandsons, Jake and Shane. #####