Las Vegas–Tonight the Ice Vegas Invitational kicked off their first coaches press conference ahead of tomorrow’s inaugural tournament that is going to take place at the home of the Vegas Golden Knights, T-Mobile Arena.
The former Boston College Captain played in the Eagles hockey program from 1965 thru the 1967 season. In that time, he recorded 64 goals and added 70 assists for 134 points in 28 games.
His success of his hockey career came behind the bench in being the Assistant/Head Coach of Clarkson University from 1970-79 then going on to Bowling Green University in the 80’s to the early 90’s and moving on as the man for the Boston College Eagles program for over 2 decades from the mid 90’s to today.
When he was at Bowling Green University behind the bench as their Head Coach, he had the opportunity in coaching current Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee for that last of his two year of collegiate career before going pro (1980-82).
York’s coaching resume basically speaks for itself with a record of 1033–614–114 (.619 winning percentage) which is very impressive. This includes 5 NCAA Championships to his credit (1984, 2001, 2004, 2010, and 2012).
Additional Championship Accolades By Coach York Over the Years
ECAC Regular Season Championship (1977)
CCHA Regular Season Championship (1982, 1983, 1984, 1987)
CCHA Tournament Championship (1988)
Hockey East Regular Season Championship (2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017)
Hockey East Tournament Championship (1998, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012)
Beanpot Championship (2001, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016)
Jerry York On Coaching Graham McPhee
This season with Boston College, Head Coach York has a roster filled with NHL prospects including the son of the Golden Knights GMGM in Graham McPhee, who is in his 2nd year with the program.
In the press conference I had chance to get Coach York’s thoughts and take in getting the chance to coach another member of the McPhee family.
“He’s had a really good year for us, last year was kind of like a learning experience for him, he jumped from the NTDP (National Team Development Program) program to college hockey, it’s a big jump, but during the course of the season (2016-17) he’s shown some improvement.” York on Graham’s first year with in Eagles program.
This season the 2016 NHL Draft selection of the Edmonton Oilers thru 19 games played has produced 10 points (5 goals and 5 assists). His 10 points this year, matched last season’s mark he set in 39 total games.
“Now this year he’s taken a whole another step forward, big part of our game.” York complimenting on Graham’s development this season with the Eagles.
The Matilla Twins
After the press conference, we had the opportunity to talk to a great hockey mind in Boston College Head Coach York.
York has a great time and has a lot of fun in coaching young hockey players who our prospect respective NHL clubs and those who go on to have career’s in other industries of life.
“It’s been a lot of fun, it’s been exciting to coach some of the young men that never went into the NHL but became successful teachers, doctors, lawyers so it’s not my only job to coach players that go to the NHL, we want win games and have a successful program and to brew good young men.” York Said.
For the Eagles this season so far their leader in points is Julius Mattila who has 15 points (5 goals and 10 assists). Julius is not the only Mattila in the lineup for Coach York, he has a twin brother too in Jesper to lead as well.
“I really like him, they’re twins, I can’t say so much about Julius because Jesper is also there. They’re both good young Fins, when we came into the Vegas locker room they look at Erik Haula and this is our guy.” York on the opportunity in coaching the Matilla twins.
Challenges On Coaching Players
When it comes to coaching any team in any sport the talent pool deep with enables good competition thru the lineup. For Coach York, it’s no different for him and with part of the responsibility leading behind the bench comes the challenge in giving his players ice time, chances to be involved in key situations, as well as the opportunity for them to be successful.
“It’s part of any sport, the best players play and we’re honest and up front with that, good competition I think iron sharpens iron and it makes us better so I’m glad I have tough decisions, who goes on the power play, who goes on the PK, who plays last minute of the game that means you got good players.” York said on the challenges of being a coach.
With this being the inaugural Ice Vegas Invitational tournament for Boston College, Coach York shared with us his thoughts on what he wants his players to take away from the experience playing in the home city of the Golden Knights.
“Stay right in the present, your with a good bunch of teammates, your going to a completely different city, your playing in an inaugural tournament, soak that all in, let’s play the very best we can and get better as a club.” York replied.
Below is our full 1 on 1 with Boston College Head Coach York.
1 on 1 With Boston College Eagles Head Coach Jerry York
For those who missed the presser check out our video below.
Full Coaches Press Conference Ahead Of The Ice Vegas Invitational
Ice Vegas Invitational Coaches Presser At T-Mobile Arena https://t.co/IEzuPxWXaO
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