NCAA hockey: Getting to know Boston College

MATTTHEW MANOR/HOCKEY HALL OF FAME Boston College coach Jerry York speaks during his induction to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2019.

MATTTHEW MANOR/HOCKEY HALL OF FAME Boston College coach Jerry York speaks during his induction to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2019.

Boston College will face Notre Dame in the first game of the NCAA men’s hockey tournament Northeast Regional at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Times Union Center.

The Eagles’ regular season ended with a 6-5 loss in double overtime to UMass Lowell in the semifinals of the Hockey East tournament on March 17. BC brings a 17-5-1 record to the NCAAs as the No. 2 overall seed.

Here are five things to know about Boston College:

‘HOLY WAR’

That’s the nickname for the rivalry between the Roman Catholic-identifying BC and Notre Dame.

The Eagles hold a 24-20-2 edge all-time in men’s hockey, including a 4-1 BC victory over the Fighting Irish for the national championship in 2008.

NCAA HISTORY

This will be Boston College’s 36th NCAA appearance, and the Eagles have reach the Frozen Four an NCAA record 25 times, winning the national championship five times (1949, 2001, 2008, 2010, 2012).

The Eagles have also been the national runner-up six times since 1965, and lost to Union 5-4 in the semifinals of the 2014 Frozen Four in Philadelphia.

TEAM USA

Three members of the current BC team, goalie Spencer Knight, defenseman Drew Helleson and forward Matthew Boldy, were on the roster for Team USA’s 2-0 victory over Canada for the gold medal in the World Junior Ice Hockey Championship on Jan. 5.

Their BC teammate, Alex Newhook, was on the Team Canada roster.

NHL PRESENCE

A total of 77 former Eagles have reached the NHL, including two Hall of Famers, Joe Mullen and Brian Leetch.

The current roster counts 14 NHL draft picks; Knight was a first-round (13th overall) pick of the Florida Panthers in 2019.

JERRY YORK

He is in his 27th season at BC and 49th as a Division I head coach. York is the only Hockey Hall of Famer who coached exclusively at the college level.

He earned his 1,000th career victory in 2016 and is responsible for four of BC’s national titles.

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