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Jack Parker to announce retirement Monday

Boston University men’s hockey coach Jack Parker will announce his retirement Monday, according to ESPN.

The news comes one day after No. 19 BU wrapped up the No. 3 seed and home ice in the Hockey East quarterfinals next weekend. The Terriers will host Merrimack College.

Parker has been BU’s bench boss for 40 seasons, guiding the Terriers to three national championships, seven Hockey East tournament championships and 21 Beanpots.

Updates will follow as more information is made available.


  1. Stunning news which has to set any BU hockey fan’s day off to an unbalanced start. On the one hand, totally sad to hear the news as Jack’s been the face of BU hockey … forever. While on the other, couldn’t be happier for him as he may now officially enter his retirement after an exceptional career. As a longtime Terrier hockey fan (and ’83 alum), I will raise a glass to Coach Parker, wish him the very best of health and hope that every sail hereafter includes perfect weather with just the right amount of breeze. Godspeed Coach Jack Parker … you’ve taught us all so much!

  2. I hope it is not true, but if it is I want to express my admiration, gratitude, and best wishes to Jack. He is a gentleman of honor, a coach, and a mentor without peer. Although he is younger than I am, I readily confess looking up to him. Irreplaceable!

    Wishing Jack God’s richest blessings and my sincere thanks,

    Paul S. Downing

  3. When Jack Parker was named head hockey coach at BU, I was working in the BU athletic office as a student intern while completing my master’s degree work in sport management at UMass. I have followed BU hockey since graduating from BU in 1969 and every season has been a joy. Jack Parker has been the foundation that BU hockey has been built on since that time. An era has ended at BU, hopefully another will begin. Coach Parker has set the standard for the future. All BU alumni should be proud of what Jack Parker stood for and gave to his university.