Thursday, October 28, 2010

Contributions to the game recognized

The Boston Hockey community turned out last night to honor four recipients of the Lester Patrick Award, including veteran Terrier hockey coach Jack Parker. A three-time winner of the Spencer Penrose Memorial Trophy as NCAA Coach of the Year and the only NCAA hockey coach to earn 800 victories at one school, Parker was honored along with longtime rival and friend, BC Coach Jerry York, Bruins President Cam Neely and AHL President Dave Andrews at Boston’s TD Garden last night.

Parker received his award from Toronto Maple Leafs President and general manage of the 2010 U.S. Olympic team Brian Burke.

Video from NHL Network: spoke about Parker with former BU captain and Hobey Baker Award winner Chris Drury, who said:

He is the face of a lot of the school -– certainly the athletic department and the hockey program…I kind of compare playing for him to what I've read and heard people say about playing for Bill Parcells," Drury said. "When you first play for him, you're scared to death of him. You think he's crazy – playing mind games. He's intimidating. You name it, he's doing it. But slowly, by the third or fourth year of playing for him, you're just afraid of letting him down. You learn why he does things. And you don't want to let him down because you love him so much…..

More coverage
The Boston Globe
New England Hockey Journal
Patriot Ledger

► One of the 57 Parker-coached Terriers to reach the NHL, Olympic hero Jim Craig, will handle the honorary dropping of the puck tomorrow night when BU faces off with UMass Lowell at Tsongas Arena. Craig is appearing in support of his nephew, Craig Charron, who recently passed away after a brave battle with stomach cancer and Charron's charitable foundation Sharky's Fight. Charron scored 148 points in 148 games for Lowell before beginning a 12 year pro career in which he was an AHL all-star three times.

Looking ahead
As Hockey Fights Cancer Month winds down, profiles 2011 recruit Alexx Privitera, who recalls the grandfather who helped introduce him to hockey and later was a cancer victim. The 5-10 offensive defenseman leads the Muskegon Lumberjack in points with seven points in six games.

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