Boston University has moved quickly to replace legendary head coach Jack Parker. It is expected that the school will announce David Quinn as its new head hockey coach at a press conference tomorrow.
Quinn, currently working as an assistant coach for the Colorado Avalanche, played college hockey at BU before embarking on a short professional career that was shortened due to a rare disorder that prevents blood from flowing correctly. Originally from Cranston, RI, Quinn was selected by the Minnesota North Stars with the 13th overall pick in the first round of the 1984 NHL Entry Draft.
He has previous college coaching experience as an assistant at Nebraska-Omaha and Boston University. He was on the staff at BU when the Terriers won the 2009 NCAA National Championship. He was responsible for recruiting many of the terrific players who helped bring BU the school's fifth national title. He left BU following the 2009 season to be the head coach of the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League. Lake Erie is the top affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche. He became the assistant in Colorado this past summer.
Jack Parker coached BU for 40 seasons, winning three national titles as the bench boss of the Terriers. He won 897 games and won 21 Beanpot Championships. It is believed that assistant coach Buddy Powers will be retiring, but it is not yet known if Mike Bavis will stay on as an associate head coach.
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