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February 15, 2013

Top spot showdown: Defending national champions Boston College play at Merrimack tonight with first place at stake

Defending national champions Boston College play at Merrimack tonight with first place at stake

When you own enough national championship rings to fill up one hand and also have the most wins of any coach in the history of NCAA Div. 1 hockey, it’s almost your right to be able to walk into any hockey rink in the country with a just dash of ego and maybe an over-inflated swagger.

But you won’t find that with Boston College head coach Jerry York.

Despite all the trophies — the most recent of which being BC’s fourth straight Beanpot title on Monday — York remains regarded as one of the nicest in a game full of nice guys.

“It’s hard for people to believe this, because he’s been around so long and he’s been so successful and he’s won so many games, but I still don’t think that he gets the credit he deserves,” said York’s biggest rival, Boston University head coach Jack Parker. “(Boston College) is a place where they’ve had two other coaches that have won 500 games, so this place has had a lot of good hockey for a long time, and he’s the best they’ve ever had. I don’t think Jerry’s ever gotten the credit he deserves.”

His resume is so glowing, if you didn’t know any better, you’d think it was fake. Five national titles. Nine Hockey East championships, including five of the last six. 930 wins. Seven Beanpot titles and 12 NCAA tournament appearances.

In the last 13 years, York’s BC teams have appeared in 10 Frozen Fours and have played for eight national titles, winning four. Since 1998, his Eagle teams are a jaw-dropping 65-16 in the postseason, winning 80 percent of their games.

Tonight, York brings his defending national champs into Merrimack College’s Lawler Arena at 7:30. With the Warriors’ recent surge up the Hockey East standings, the winner will be alone in first place on Saturday morning.

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