Boston College coach Jerry York elected to Hockey Hall of Fame

Matt Kalman
June 25, 2019 - 5:04 pm

Jerry York almost didn’t answer the phone Tuesday.

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When he finally did and heard it was John Davidson, the president of the New York Rangers, York had on thought.

“I thought, ‘oh he’s going to trade one of my players,’” the legendary Boston College coach said.

But Davidson wasn’t calling about any of York’s players, he was calling in his capacity as a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee. He called to tell the Watertown native that he will be inducted as a builder this November.

“I had to sit down I was so excited,” York said.

York will be the fifth college hockey coach inducted into the Hall.

In 25 years at BC he has won four NCAA titles, made four Frozen Four appearances and captured nine Hockey East tournament titles. He as more than 600 wins at BC and 1,067 total during almost five decades of coaching at BC, Clarkson and Bowling Green.

Eighteen players that York has coached have been drafted in the first round of the NHL Draft.

Also inducted this year in the builder category will be Jim Rutherford. Guy Carboneau, Vaclav Nedomansky, Hayley Wickenheiser and Sergei Zubov will be inducted in the players’ category.

The induction ceremony is scheduled for Nov. 18 in Toronto.