York Ties All-Time Wins Record
by Scott McLaughlin/CHN Writer
BOSTON One of the pillars of Jerry York's championship machine is that the team always comes before the individual. He asks his players to sacrifice personal glory in exchange for team success. Play your part within the system and the individual recognition will come, he tells them.
So it should come as no surprise that tying Ron Mason's all-time wins record of 924 isn't a big deal for York. Saturday's 5-2 win over Boston University wasn't about York, at least not in his mind. It was about his team playing a much better game than the night before and earning a big win over its archrival.
"I'm trying to block everything out because it's so important for us to stay in the moment," York said. "It's so hard to talk about. We always tell our players that if you put yourself above the team, good things are not going to happen. So whether it's a coach thinking about personal records or a player thinking about All-American or Hobey Baker, you don't succeed very often, or at least you don't win a lot. So I think I've been very good in that respect."
But for everyone else, Saturday night was about York. It was about the greatest coach in college hockey history tying a record that will soon be his alone, and will probably remain his for a long, long time. This incredible accomplishment was the reason the sellout crowd of 7,884 chanted "JERRY! JERRY!" louder and more frequently than usual.
Even his players, who have bought into the team-first mentality hook, line and sinker, admitted that York's record was on their mind. While York wouldn't talk much about the record, they were more than happy to talk about him.
"It's an honor to be able to be a part of this experience and play for Coach York here at BC," said junior Bill Arnold. "He won't talk about (the record). He's obviously changed everyone on the team's lives, and to be able to give something back to him and get this record for him is something that we all really wanted to do."
"Obviously you can tell by his reaction that the record means nothing to him," said senior captain Pat Mullane. "But I think as a group last night, we were disappointed with the loss, but even more disappointed that we couldn't do it for him, that we couldn't give ourselves the chance to break the record at home, in front of our crowd, against BU. I think there definitely was more of an incentive to play a little harder and make sure we got that win tonight."
BU coach Jack Parker was happy his team was able to win Friday night and avoid having the record broken against them, but he also made sure he congratulated York on tying the record during Saturday night's handshake line. According to Parker, it would be impossible to overstate York's success.
"He deserves all the accolades," Parker said. "It's hard for people to believe this because he's been around so long, he's been so successful and he's won so many games, but I still don't think he gets the credit he deserves. He's a very good coach who's run great programs at three different places, and he's done an unbelievable job making this program the best it's ever been. This is a place that's had two other coaches who have won 500 games. This place has had a lot of good hockey for a long, long time, and he's the best they've ever had here. I don't think Jerry's ever gotten the credit he deserves."