April 15 — Translating Success & Jerry York’s Legacy

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TRULY EXCEPTIONAL: Fresh off of a record-setting performance leading the Mississauga Senators to the OHL Cup, teenage phenom Michael Misa received exceptional status to gain early entry into the Ontario Hockey League. The 15-year-old became just the sixth player in league history to receive the designation.

TAMPA’S THREE-PEAT THUNDERS ON: Tampa Bay needed a late-game equalizer with the extra attacker, as the Lightning clinched their eighth playoff appearance in the last nine seasons with a 4-3 overtime win over the Anaheim Ducks. Nikita Kucherov scored to tie the game with 13 seconds remaining in regulation, and Anthony Cirelli secured the victory at 1:58 in the extra frame. 

PENS PROCURE POSTSEASON: Speaking of clinching, the Pittsburgh Penguins extended the NHL’s longest active playoff streak to 16 consecutive seasons. Jake Guentzel (two goals, two assists) and Sidney Crosby (goal, two assists) combined for seven points in the Penguins’ 6-3 triumph over the New York Islanders. 

100-PROOF MAPLE SYRUP: Yesterday marked the fifth time in Toronto Maple Leafs history that a player reached the century mark in points. Joining Darryl Sittler (1975-76 and 1977-78) and Doug Gilmour (1992-93 and 1993-94), Auston Matthews reached the 100-point plateau with two assists in the Leafs’ 7-3 shellacking of the Washington Capitals. 

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Let’s look back at our favorite moments of the week.

Owen Power Makes NHL Debut

It seems like forever since the Buffalo Sabres have been in the news for a positive reason, thanks primarily to the Jack Eichel saga. This week the organization began a new chapter courtesy of 2021 first-overall pick Owen Power. The 19-year-old made his NHL debut against the Toronto Maple Leafs, where his team won by a final score of 5-2. Power played 19:50 in front of almost 100 friends and family members. 

All’s Well That Ends Well

Both Minnesota Wild forward Ryan Hartman and Edmonton Oilers forward Evander Kane were handed penalties and eventually ejected in the third period of Tuesday night’s game—but that was only the tip of the iceberg. Kane’s ex-wife donated $200 to help pay for Hartman’s $4,250 fine that he received for giving Kane the finger. Hundreds of Minnesota fans followed suit, sending money to contribute to the Wild forward. While Hartman appreciates the gesture, he confirmed that he intends to pay the fine out of his pocket and give the donated money to Children’s Minnesota. 

“Talkin’ with Tanev”

Brandon Tanev sat down with some school-aged children, and the results will instantly put a smile on your face as they discussed their favorite Seattle Kraken players and, of course, if Tanev has ever seen a ghost. The best advice he received was to cross-check his brother Christopher Tanev as hard as possible the next time they face each other. I guess it’s true what they say—kids say the darndest things.

From Hobey to Hero

When 2022 Hobey Baker Award winner Dryden McKay follows the footsteps of runners-up Bobby Brink (Philadelphia Flyers) and Ben Meyers (Colorado Avalanche), he’ll add his name to a crop of recent players that forged the path from NCAA’s top individual honor to the NHL. In the past three years, both Cale Makar and Cole Caufield have gone from Baker recipients to buzz-worthy arrivals in the league—with guys like Johnny Gaudreau and Jack Eichel preceding them.

But the path from Hobey Baker to pro hockey stardom is anything but new. For every Scott Fusco and Chris Marinucci, recipients whose NHL careers never developed, there are plenty who carried their success to that next level. Let’s take a look at some of the past players the current generation of Baker-to-NHL standouts is trying to emulate:

Paul Kariya

Paul Kariya’s greatness carried over from the University of Maine to the NHL. (Photo by: Brian Bahr/Getty Images/NHLI)

The 1993 winner stands as the only honoree in the Hockey Hall of Fame. After posting 100 points in just 39 games at Maine, Paul Kariya embarked upon a decorated, albeit injury-marred, 15-year career. A one-time 50-goal scorer, Kariya collected five All-Star appearances and two Lady Byng awards on his way to exactly 989 points in 989 games.

Neal Broten

Neal Broten (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images)

Hobey Baker? Check. Member of Team USA’s Miracle on Ice squad? Check. Stanley Cup winner? Check. Like fellow Baker-ite Chris Drury, Broten compiled a fascinating, multi-faceted hockey career. But, while both men merit mention as notable former winners, Broten collected over 300 more points than Drury.

Ryan Miller

Ryan Miller (Herman Von Petri, via Flickr/Photoree Creative Commons)

McKay became just the third goaltender to win the Hobey Baker Award and the first since Ryan Miller turned the trick more than 20 years ago. In that 2000-01 NCAA season, Miller posted a sparkling .950 save percentage and 1.32 goals-against average while going 31-5-4 at Michigan State. McKay would be lucky to have an NHL career in line with Miller, who picked up a Vezina Trophy, an All-Star nod, and a silver medal and MVP award at the 2010 Olympic Games.

Jerry York: A Career in Review

Boston College head coach Jerry York retired on Wednesday. The 76-year-old is the winningest coach in NCAA hockey history, registering 1,123 of them in 50 years as a head coach in NCAA Division I. He is also a five-time national champion and a Hockey Hall-of-Famer. Here is a look back at York’s long and storied career.

Jerry York and the Boston College Eagles (BC Athletics)

Before Coaching

York, born on July 25, 1945, in Watertown, Massachusetts, played college hockey at nearby Boston College during the 1963-67 seasons. He totaled 134 points (64 goals, 70 assists) in 81 games, with 67 of the points (26 goals, 41 assists) in 28 games during a senior year in which he was named an All-American. He quickly moved into coaching following graduation, taking up a position as an assistant for Clarkson University.


In 1972, Clarkson University promoted York to head coach after Len Ceglarski left to take the head position at Boston College. York spent seven years in northern New York, going 125-87-3 and posting five winning seasons, including a 1976-77 campaign in which the Golden Knights went 26-8-0 and won the ECAC Hockey regular-season title. In 1979, he moved on from Clarkson to Bowling Green State University.

Bowling Green

York blossomed into an elite college hockey coach at Bowling Green. In 15 years at the helm, he went 342-248-31 while leading the Falcons to eight winning seasons, four Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) regular-season titles (1981-82, 1982-83, 1983-84, 1986-87), one CCHA tournament title (1988), and six NCAA Tournament appearances (1981-82, 1983-84, 1986-87, 1987-88, 1988-89, 1989-90).

The height of York’s time at Bowling Green was 1983-84. That season he led the Falcons to a 34-8-2 record, a CCHA championship, and National Championship. It was Bowling Green’s first and only NCAA title. York parlayed his success there into a job at his alma mater, Boston College, which he accepted in 1994.

Boston College

When York returned to Newton, Massachusetts, the struggling Eagles had gone a combined 13-27-8 the previous two seasons. After going a combined 29-36-7 in his first three seasons, he got them back to the NCAA Tournament in 1997-98, where they lost to Michigan in the championship game.

York took Boston College to the Frozen Four in 1998-99 and back to the championship game the following year. However, both times the team came up just short. The Eagles finally broke through in 2000-01, winning the Hockey East regular-season title and their second NCAA championship (and first since 1949). York eventually guided BC to three more NCAA titles (2007-08, 2009-10, 2011-12).

Finishing his career where he began, York spent 28 years at the helm of his alma mater, amassing a record of 656-347-94 with the Eagles. He led Boston College to 11 Hockey East regular-season titles, nine Hockey East tournament titles, nine Beanpot titles (including four in a row between 2010 and 2014), 18 NCAA Tournament appearances (seven consecutive between 2009 and 2016), 12 Frozen Four appearances, and four NCAA titles. He also was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2019.

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