CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Boston College head coach Jerry York has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, the school announced Wednesday. York, who just completed his 12th season behind the Boston College bench, is expected to undergo surgery in an attempt to remove the cancer in late July or early August.
According to school officials the cancer was detected at an early stage and it’s not expected at this time that York will miss any time behind the Boston College bench.
York is college hockey’s third all-time winningest coach having compiled a record of 723-479-72 in 34 seasons total. York serves as head coach at Clarkson from 1972 through 1979 and at Bowling Green from 1979 through 1994. He has captured two national championships (1984, 2000) and has led six teams to the NCAA Frozen Four.
This is the third Hockey East coach in the last six years to be diagnosed with cancer. Maine head coach Shawn Walsh succumbed to the disease in September 2001 after a 15-month battle with renal cell carcinoma. Former Merrimack coach Chris Serino battled throat cancer the following year but has made a full recovery.
York could not be reached for comments at this time.