Lacing Up Skates

Dec. 23, 1973

Boston University has long been one of the top-shelf hockey programs in the country,

It truly annoys a UNH grad to hunt-and-peck his way through that acknowledgement.

And along with that burgeoning came a sharp eye on the comings, goings and accompanying  paperwork of the team’s student-athletes.

Then-coach Leon Abbott (if you remember him, congrats) was fired by athletic director Warren Schmakel for “attempting to circumvent the eligibility rules of both the ECAC and NCAA” in luring foreign-born athletes to Commonwealth Ave,

Had Abbott been coaching football in the SEC such activity may have brought him a hefty pay raise. 

Abbott’s dismissal had a tremendous impact on BU’s hockey future. One of his assistants, who’d been at BU for five seasons, was promoted.

Jack Parker ran the BU men’s hockey operation for 40 seasons, winning three national championships, four straight ECAC crowns and seven Hockey East titles. His overall record: 897-472-115.