Jack Parker is a highly respected and much loved member of the Boston hockey community who has shown generosity and loyalty to the Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation since its inception. He was deeply personally affected by the tragic loss of Mark Bavis on 9/11 and stays close to his former player Travis Roy. Parker’s coaching has been been pivotal in the hockey careers of several other hockey personalities that have supported Face Off for Ace over the past ten years. Since 1976, 23 of his players have played in the Olympics beginning when Dick Lamby played for the 1976 U.S. Team in Innsbruck, Austria. In 1980 former Terriers Mike Eruzione, Dave Silk, Jack O’Callahan and Jim Craig were part of the U.S Olympic Hockey Team that won the gold medal. Another one of his players, and Ace Bailey Foundation supporter, Cleon Daskalakis, was selected to the ECAC All-Decade Team of the 1980’s.
Jack Parker, was born in Somerville, MA, graduated from Catholic Memorial High School and then went on to study at and play hockey for Boston University. Since being named B.U.’s tenth Head Coach on December 21, 1973, Parker has led the Terriers to a record of 871 wins, 452 losses and 113 ties. His 871 wins with B.U. are the most of any college hockey coach at the same institution. He has three NCAA titles, 21 Beanpots, 11 ECAC/Hockey East titles and 25 20-win seasons on his resume.
Parker has received many honors including the Spencer Penrose Memorial Trophy as the NCAA Coach of the Year three times. The first was in 1975 when he guided his first team to a 26-5-1 mark–it was the best major college record in the nation. He was also named Coach of the Year after guiding the 1977-78 team to a 30-2 record and the NCAA title. Recently, Parker was Coach of the Year in 2009 for leading the Terriers to the school’s 5th NCAA title. He has been named New England Coach of the Year seven times and Hockey East Coach of the Year five times. He received the B.U. Distinguished Alumni Award in 1992. Parker was inducted into the B.U. Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Beanpot Hall of Fame in 1995. He was presented with an honorary Doctorate of Letters degree from Boston University in 1997. In 2010 he was awarded the Lester Patrick award along with Dave Andrews, Cam Neely and Jerry York.
The Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation is truly honored to be able to add Coach Jack Parker to our list of Ace Bailey Good Guy Award recipients.