Eruzione credits Parker for close-knit BU hockey community
Forty years behind the bench 894. Wins. Three national titles 21 Beanpot crowns Jack Parker's -- is second to none. Not just in College Hockey but on any sport at any level today though Parker announcing his retirement at seasons that are -- -- was there and has more. On the ending up there. It's the end of an area here on commonwealth avenue after 48 years of reporting to duty for BU hockey. Forty of those as the head coach Jack Parker is calling it a career after this season he made the announcement here again as the green and had a family friend. Members of the B hockey program and dozens of former players. Parker says the one thing he wants people to remember most about it at that is -- and that was obvious by the number of former and current players that package. Did hear of the legendary coats they get back. Book Claudia the last 49 years I've been reporting that duty for do you like. And that's enough. It's a tough job. It's. Assistant longtime assistant coach when Allen comes to -- advancement -- to always tell me is this is not good for well. And it's it's a tough job like I always say could stay -- always divided every coach we play against when they come -- irate when I go to the rink. I always do that because I know that did some the only bit of a group a few people who know exactly how tough to show this. We're joined now by Mike there is the -- play for coach Parker back and today I won't day to day the hairs if you thought that. The captain of that gold medal winning team USA hockey team in 1980. Might even known coach Parker for a long time what is the legacy that he leaves here at Boston University. Well I think that his passion to coach his passion to teach by his love of his players. We are very close knit community. Our hockey team was pretty tight. In all of that's because Jack. And then. And bigger scale what does he meant to this sport you or from this city you've seen how much this sport has grown what has he done for hockey and boxing. I think you look at that type of players that have come through -- -- some local kids we've been able to get here I I remember when I had an opportunity to -- and I was like well do you. And you look at it is not still a great program a successful program. And I did a lot of local kids in the league history and the tradition of the school and program and what Jack is built here and they wanna be part of it as well. As they say he played for coach you're actually here in its first season as a head coach what's your favorite memory Jack Parker. Have a lot of them but I think the one that still stands out because it's such a great rivalry Boston College in Boston University. And Jack had such a great rivalry is a player there I remember we're getting ready to play DC in the Beanpot. In Jack got a little caught in his office sometimes he would sleep than. And I remember knocking on the door and Jackson committed I walked in he was lying on the cot was -- that -- visited -- looked -- meaningless. DC tonight. It's easy it's the Beanpot. OK coach and I just walked out because he was ready to play and he wasn't playing he was coaching and that's what. I -- -- remembered as his intensity is a coach and his competitiveness was right in line in -- And you wanna records won you won Beanpot championship. Couldn't may never be matched that does address here at again this arena on commonwealth that -- -- -- media.
Olympic hero Mike Eruzione shares his favorite memory of retiring BU hockey coach Jack Parker