Freshman goalie Matt O’Connor was lost for the season earlier this month to a collapsed lung. The Terriers lost defenseman Garrett Noonan to a separated shoulder on Friday in a 4-2 win over Northeastern.
“You don’t really coach for the outcome. You coach for the process,” said Parker.
Only his players can delay Parker’s retirement a little longer.
BU (18-15-2) is the third seed in the Hockey East tournament, facing off with Merrimack in the first game of a best-of-three series on Friday.
There were dalliances with Yale early in his career and Causeway Street later on. But Parker’s heart — like all of his victories as a coach — remained at BU until the end.
“It’s been a great ride, and I’ll remember it all,” said Parker.
Parker should be remembered as more than a hockey coach for BU, as a champion of the university.