“He’s a hockey guy and he wants to win, and that’s definitely at the forefront. Guys go there because they want to win championships. It’s about the team. You get a lot of very talented guys in the room, but there is never a conversation about individual accolades. No one ever puts an individual above the team, and that includes the coaches.’’
Mullane, the current BC captain, said even though York may not focus on individual achievements such as the victory record, his players are proud of him.
“It’s extremely impressive,’’ said Mullane. “He’s not one to let everyone know, and he’s the first one to play it off like he’s just anyone else, but the fact is, he’s much more than that. He’s such a prominent figure around this campus and in the hockey world in general, he’s so knowledgeable and has had so much success.
“What he brings to the rink every day and to the community is far more important than his wins and losses. Whenever he retires, I think he’ll be remembered for his wins and accomplishments but more for who he was as a person and as a coach.’’
As much as York believes the glass is always half-full and imparts that to his team, Mullane said, he’s a realist in that there will be bumps in the road.
“He understands wins and losses; losses are going to come,’’ said Mullane. “With his wins, he still has over 500 losses, so he understands that teams are going to lose. But when he gets upset is when you disrespect this program and this university.
“He’s a man of a lot of character and he doesn’t want any attention on himself. He wants all the guys to understand that BC hockey comes first and individuals second.’’
Mullane said everyone at BC is looking forward to this weekend, and if York breaks the record against BU, that would be a major bonus.
“Obviously with BU coming up, it’s special,’’ said Mullane. “That’s why guys go to Boston College and why they go to Boston University, to play against their rival. It’s easy to get up for those games.
“For me, I’d like to see [the record broken] this weekend. Selfishly, I’d like to get two wins and sweep the weekend, but a sweep is hard, regardless of your opponent, let alone BU.
“But I’d love to see it happen, personally. I’d love to be able to stand at center ice on Saturday night and know we swept BU and that Coach York is the winningest coach. That would be fantastic.’’
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