968BU HOCKEY UPDATE - BANQUET MARKS END OF AN ERA
- Apr 21 8:41 AMLast night at the Sherman Union, the BU Hockey Program celebrated 50 years of the Friends of BU Hockey as well as marking the end of an era as it was the final banquet for Jack Parker as Head Coach. This will be brief. AD Mike Lynch advised that Coach Parker will receive an additional honor in the form of having his number retired. The number '6" will join Travis Roy's "24" as the only retired numbers in the program's long history.As usual the team and its staff were saluted by Coach Parker as well as the band, Friends of Hockey (E-Board and members), Free Press writers and others to include "Sasquatch!"Coach Jack Kelley recalled the creation of the Friends in his kitchen and his wife's role as the original chef. He spoke of how much the Friends meant to the growth of program and fund raising particularly in terms of getting an on campus rink in 1971-72. He was pleased with the program's continued growth since he passed the baton in 1972 and especially proud of his former player who assumed the mantle of leadership following a brief transition under Leon Abbott. Make no mistake about it Jack Kelley was the moving force that launched the programs success in the so called "modern era" a sentiment expressed by my former teammate and good friend Paul Giandomenico. Remarkable Coaches Kelley and Parker are the faces of the last 50 years of BU Hockey.The banquet took place in the aftermath of the horrifying attack at the Boston Marathon and a moment of silence was held to honor the victims who included a BU graduate student. Other members of the BU community were impacted as well, and we wish them full and speedy recovery. Trainer Larry Venis assisted immediately after the explosion as well and was recognized.It as always is a time to recognize the seniors and thank them for their contributions to the program. As we do every year, we welcome them into the BU Hockey Alumni ranks and wish them well as they move on to the next chapter in their lives. Best wishes for success to: Captain Wade Megan, Asst. Captain Ryan Ruikka, Ben Rosen, Sean Escobedo, Ryan Santana, and Videographer JP Buckley. Coach Parker also saluted the parents of the seniors for their role in the development of their player. Jake Moscatel was included although he is expected to be back next year for another go round.Annual awards were presented as follows: Clifford P. Fitzgerald Scholarship to outstanding jr/sr defenseman: Garrett Noonan; Regina Eilberg Scholarship to player who combines excellence in academics/athletics: Matt O'Connor; Bennett McInnis award for spirit: Ryan Santana; Ed Carpenter Award (Leading Scorer): Dan O'Regan; Mike Boyle Terrier of Steel Award (character, dedication, and discipline in the weight room and off ice): Ryan Ruikka; Most Improved Player: Cason Hohmann and Jake Moscatel; Unsung Hero: Evan Rodrigues; George V. Brown Award (MVP): Wade Megan and Sean Escobedo.Two special awards were given: Autism Speaks which has become the charity of choice for the Hockey Team presented awards to AD Mike Lynch, Coach Parker and players for their support to this group.To celebrate the 50th year, an award to the most honored opponent over the last 25 years was made. This went to Former BC star Brian Gionta currently with the Montreal Canadiens. As he could not be present Gionta sent a video and it was most impressive highlighting the respect for the school Coach Parker and humbly accepting the award acknowledging so many players who would have been eligible. It was genuine. Interestingly with the Most Honored Opponent from 1963-1988 being Cornell's Ken Dryden, both recipients have ties to the Habs!Numerous former Terriers attended including: Peter Brown, Tom O'Regan, Jack Kelley, Mike Eruzione, Bill McCormack, Terry Meagher, Scott Young, Darrell Abbott, Frank D'Orio, Dennis O'Connell, Paul Giandomenico,Vince Mullins, Travis Roy, Dan Ronan, Rich Brennan, Tim Regan, and Scott Shaunessy. Apologies to any I may have missed.To all of you, have a pleasant off season, to our hockey alumni the golf season will soon arrive and you will be kept informed as needed. To our parents of players have a great summer. Thanks to our senior parents for your friendship (you will remain on this list). To our fans and Friends of Hockey may you have a happy and healthy off season.Lastly to Coach Parker best wishes, thanks for your friendship and kindness (dating back to 1968 when I arrived as a freshman). I am proud to be a Terrier.Chris HenesBU Hockey AlumniBU Hockey: "Standing on the shoulders of those who have gone before"
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