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BU retires Jack Parker’s number

Jack Parker, who stepped down as Boston University’s hockey coach last year, waved to the student section after his number was retired during a ceremony between the first and second periods of the game against Northeastern University. Standing next to him is his wife, Jacqueline.

Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff

Jack Parker, who stepped down as Boston University’s hockey coach last year, waved to the student section after his number was retired during a ceremony between the first and second periods of the game against Northeastern University. Standing next to him is his wife, Jacqueline.

Jack Parker, who stepped down as Boston University’s hockey coach last March, became just the second person to have his number retired by the team during a ceremony after the first period of Friday’s Hockey East matchup against Northeastern at Agganis Arena.

Parker’s No. 6 — which he wore as a player at BU — was raised to the rafters.

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The first BU Terrier so honored was Travis Roy, whose No. 24 was raised to the rafters in the fall of 1999. Roy was in attendance for the event, as were many of Parker’s former players and staffers.

Parker’s accomplishments include three NCAA championships (1978, 1995, and 2009), 11 conference titles, and 21 Beanpot crowns.

Parker won the Spencer Penrose Award as NCAA Division 1 Coach of the Year on three occasions and retired with 897 victories, third all-time among Division 1 coaches and the most of any college hockey coach at the same institution. He holds the record for NCAA Tournament appearances with 24.

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Parker said it was ironic that his number was retired because he was against any numbers being retired, with the exception of Roy.

“We never retired any numbers at BU because I thought it was great for somebody else to wear [another great player’s] number,’’ he said. “So it’s going against my rule to have it done.’’

Parker said his number wasn’t being retired because he was a great player at BU prior to the start of his coaching career.

“I really think the reason I kept my job so long was because we had great players,’’ he said. “The only reason why we had so many great players is we had so many great assistant coaches here.

“Players make programs and I was blessed to have a lot of great players here. I know that’s the reason why I’m standing here. It’s really something special for me to have my number retired with Travis Roy.’’

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell can be reached at marrapese@globe.com.
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