It has been a difficult past couple of months, health-wise, for Boston College hockey coach Jerry York.
But it won’t keep York from being behind the bench for Saturday’s NCAA hockey tournament East Regional semifinal game against Union at 9 p.m. at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I.
The winningest coach in NCAA hockey history has suffered two detached retinas in his right eye. York underwent an initial procedure on Jan. 10 at Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston, and had a follow-up procedure four days later. That caused York to miss four games.
He suffered a second detached retina in the same eye a couple of weeks ago. He missed the last game of the Hockey East tournament quarterfinals against Vermont, and last Friday’s semifinal loss to Boston University.
On a conference call Tuesday, York said he would be back coaching the Eagles against the Dutchmen.
“I won’t be able to get back on the ice for a while,” said the
67-year-old York, who is 935-568-98 in 41 seasons as a head coach. “I have one of these world-class surgeons, I’m awfully grateful for Dr. [Jeffrey] Heier. I will be behind the bench. I can’t be on the ice, but I will be on the bench watching practice, and I’ll be on the bench Saturday night.”
John Buccigross and Barry Melrose will call the action of the NCAA hockey tournament East Regional. Saturday’s Union-Boston College game will be on ESPNU at 9 p.m. The first semifinal between Quinnipiac and Canisius will be on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel 50 (standard definition) and 1803 (high definition) at 5:30 p.m. Sunday’s final will be on ESPNU at 6:30 p.m.
All three West Regional games from Grand Rapids, Mich., will be on ESPNU and called by Joe Davis and Sean Ritchlin. Today’s semifinals will have Minnesota against Yale at 2 p.m., and Niagara against North Dakota at 5:30. The title game is 4 p.m. Saturday.
Clay Matvick and Jim Paradise will call the Northeast Regional games from Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H. Today’s first semifinal between UMass-Lowell and Wisconsin will be on TWCS-50 and TWCS-1803 HD at 4:30. The second semifinal between Denver and New Hampshire will be on ESPNU at 8. The final is on ESPNU at 6:30 Saturday.
Ben Holden and Darren Eliot will call the Midwest Regionals from Toledo, Ohio. Saturday’s first semifinal — St. Cloud State vs. Notre Dame at 1:30 — will be on TWCS-1. The second semifinal — Minnesota State vs. Miami (Ohio) at 5 — will be on ESPN3. Those games will re-air at noon and 2 p.m. Sunday on ESPNU, and that will lead into the regional final at 4 p.m. on ESPNU.
The Frozen Four will be April 11-13 at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. The semifinals April 11 are at 4:30 and 8 on ESPN2, and the final is at 7 April 13 on ESPN. Buccigross, Melrose and Matvick are the announcers.
All the games will be available online and on smartphones at WatchESPN.
COLACINO GETS FINAL
It’s been an incredible ride for ECAC Hockey women’s linesmen Jamie Colacino of Schenectady the last couple of weeks.
Two weekends ago, the 21-year-old worked his first NCAA women’s hockey tournament game, a contest between Boston College and Harvard. Last weekend, he worked the Frozen Four, including Sunday’s title game, a 6-3 victory for undefeated Minnesota (41-0) over Boston University.
“Getting selected to work in the NCAA tournament in itself is a great honor, let alone the Frozen Four,” Colacino said. “There are a lot of great linesman in the NCAA. I was extremely honored to get the call to go. Being selected to patrol the lines in the championship game this past Sunday was an unbelievable feeling that puts me at a loss of words. Again, there are a lot of great linesman out there. It’s something that I will remember the rest of my career.”
The 21-year-old Colacino is in his third year as an ECACH linesmen. He said he wasn’t made nervous by the magnitude of the assignments.
“There was more excitement to go than anything,” Colacino said. “The hype and build-up prior to the tournament was the biggest thing to get over. There are a lot of meetings for the officials with the NCAA tournament officials. But once those are done and the puck drops, it’s just another game in a long season.”
Colacino would like to move up to work the lines in the men’s games.
“I’m hoping to get the chance next season,” Colacino said. “However, if there is not a spot for me, then I will have to wait.”
Yale junior forward Kenny Agostino went to bed Wednesday night in a hotel room in Grand Rapids, Mich., where the Bulldogs are playing in the NCAAs, as property of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
He woke up Thursday morning with his rights owned by the Calgary Flames.
Agostino was part of the package that the Pittsburgh Penguins sent to the Flames for veteran right winger Jarome Iginla. The Penguins also sent the rights of another draft pick, St. Cloud State’s Ben Hanowski, along with their first-round pick in this year’s draft, to the Flames in a deal that was announced at 1:30 a.m. Thursday.
Agostino, who leads the Bulldogs in scoring with 15 goals and 22 assists, was selected by the Penguins in the fifth round of the 2010 draft. He has 40 goals and 56 assists in 97 career games.