Legendary Boston College coach Jerry York, an NCAA head coach since 1972, became the winningest hockey coach in NCAA history this evening. The Eagles beat Alabama-Huntsville 5-2 in the first game of the Mariucci Classic.
It was York's 925th victory, passing Ron Mason for first all-time.
“Coaches coach. We play to win trophies. Despite all the hoopla, it never really entered my mind,” York said. “We always talk in our program, there’s no personal goals. We’re not trying to become Hobey Baker [winners] and All-Americans.
York won 125 games at Clarkson, 342 at Bowling Green and now 458 in 19 seasons at Boston College. He has won five national championships – four at Boston College – and guided the Eagles to 10 Frozen Four berths since 1998.
In 1968, BC coach Bernie Burke handed York, then a graduate assistant, a whistle and said "run practice."
"I kind of liked it," York said. "I never had a whistle, you know?"
How much longer will he coach?
The Gophers, who have won 12 of 21 Mariucci Classics, play BC, the No. 1 team in the nation and defending national champs, Sunday at 7. Here is the advance from today's paper. York said tonight senior defenseman Patch Alber may miss the rest of this season. The doctor here believes he tore his meniscus playing pregame soccer tonight. Also, leading scorer Johnny Gaudreau is at world juniors and defenseman Isaac MacLeod is likely out with a shoulder injury.
They host Air Force tonight.
Here is the line chart for both teams:
Kyle Rau-Nick Bjugstad-Nate Condon
Sam Warning-Erik Haula-Zach Budish
Tom Serratore-Travis Boyd-Seth Ambroz
Ryan Reilly-Christian Isackson-Justin Holl
Seth Helgeson-Mark Alt
Jake Parenteau-Ben Marshall
Brady Skjei-Nate Schmidt
Tony Thomas-Chad Demers-John Kruse
Kyle De Laurell-Stephen Carew-Cole Gunner
Scott Holm-Ben Carey-Casey Kleisinger
Ryan Timar-Jason Fabian-Mitch Torrel
Alex Halloran-Dan Weissenhofer
Eric Artman-Mike McDonald
Trevor Waldoch-Mike Walsh
As for NHL and NHLPA talks toward a new collective bargaining agreement, there were a series of conference calls between the two sides today.
I am told by sources that they went line by line through the NHL proposal from Thursday (see story here) and they will talk again Sunday, likely face to face, with bargaining potentially going to re-start formally Sunday or Monday.
Remember, an agreement must be struck by Jan. 11 in order for training camp to start Jan. 12 and a 48-game season to begin Jan. 19. That means the Wild's home opener could fall on Hockey Day Minnesota.
By the way, one big reason why the league would love to start Jan. 19 is NBC's first telecast is supposed to be set for Jan. 20.