Boston College inks York to contract extension through ’21-22 season

Jerry York (BC - Head Coach) addresses the media following his milestone win. - The Boston College Eagles defeated the Merrimack College Warriors 4-2 to give Head Coach Jerry York his 900th collegiate win on Friday, February 17, 2012, at Kelley Rink at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Melissa Wade)
Jerry York needs four more wins at BC to become the fourth head coach in Division I history to win 600 games at the same school (photo: Melissa Wade).

Boston College announced on Monday that head coach Jerry York has signed to a multi-year extension through the 2021-22 season.

York, college hockey’s all-time winningest coach with 1,063 career victories, is in the midst of the 25th season at his alma mater and sits just four wins shy of 600 during his tenure at BC.

York has led the Eagles to at least a share of three straight Hockey East regular-season titles in addition to nine straight 20-win seasons, the second-longest active streak in Division I behind Denver.

“Jerry embodies everything we look for in a coach,” said BC director of athletics Martin Jarmond in a statement. “He is a tremendous person, teacher, leader and has taken our program to elite levels both on and off the ice while also making such a positive impact in all areas for his student-athletes. We are thrilled to see Jerry continue to lead our program for years to come.”

Boston College has won four national championships under York’s watch, including three in a five-year stretch from 2008 to 2012. York has taken Boston College to 12 Frozen Fours and is the all-time leader in NCAA tournament victories with 41. He also collected his fourth Hockey East Coach of the Year Award last season following his squad’s 18-6-0 conference record.

“I am excited and honored to continue coaching our incredible student-athletes at my alma mater,” added York. “I truly believe that this year’s team can and will accomplish something significant in our ongoing pursuit of trophies.”

In addition to the success of his players at the collegiate level, Boston College is tied for the most alumni currently playing in the NHL with 21. York has seen 15 different players selected in the first round of the NHL Draft, and his former players have combined to win nine Stanley Cups. Forwards Johnny Gaudreau and Cam Atkinson were both named NHL All-Stars this season.

With four more wins, York would become just the fourth head coach in Division I history to win 600 games at the same school. The Eagles face Northeastern tonight at TD Garden in the championship game of the 67th Beanpot as York looks to secure his 10th Beanpot title and eighth in the last 12 years.