There were a lot of eyes on Jack Parker when the final horn sounded at TD Garden Saturday night as the Boston University coach finished up 40 years of service.
Although the Terriers played an inspired game against No. 1 seed UMass-Lowell in the Hockey East championship, the River Hawks earned the title with a 1-0 victory.
Parker, who closes his tenure with a record of 897-472-116, said he didn’t dwell on his final appearance at the Garden. But there were fleeting moments when it came up.
“The very first time I thought about it was tonight, that this is my last time in the Garden as a coach, that was after the game was over,’’ said Parker. “I took a walk around before the game because there was nobody in the building and I didn’t want to sit in the dressing room by myself . . . I’m a real Celtics fan so I took a walk around upstairs and looked at all the Celtics memorabilia. Somebody came up to me and said, ‘You took a walk around getting your last tour of duty here?’ It didn’t even dawn on me.’’
Parker said he didn’t want to leave with a loss but joked that there were worse ways to go out.
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