Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 3/15/13
Last week, legendary Boston University coach Jack Parker announced he will be retiring at the end of this season, his 40th as head coach of the program. In that time, he has amassed 894 wins, won three NCAA titles, and sent 66 players to the NHL. One of those players is Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Adrian Aucoin, who played at BU for only one season, 1991-92, before turning pro, but says Parker had a big impact on him in that brief amount of time. He had quite a bit of influence on me, said Aucoin. I mean, I was only there for a year, and he truly was like a father to us. You know I still complain every day that he never bent any rules. I was hoping to get a little something when I went there, but he wouldnt even pick us up to drive us to the rink; hed drive by us and just wave. He was definitely by the book. But as far as hockey goes, he was unreal, and I especially really appreciated him off the ice. As I said, he was kind of like a one-year surrogate dad to me, and he really helped me in a lot of ways. For Aucoin, a native of Ottawa, it was a rather circuitous route to U.S. college hockey. He had been rated highly in the OHL draft, and his hope was to play for the hometown Ottawa 67s. But that team didnt draft him until the later rounds. Not sure he wanted to leave home or even if he was quite ready to play major junior hockey right away - he decided to play another year at the Canadian Tier II level, retaining his NCAA college eligibility in the process. One of my best childhood friends was going to B.U., and he was the one who recruited me really hard, because it was the last school I visited, Aucoin explained. Of course, they brought me there during the Beanpot (a wildly-popular, annual New England college hockey tournament featuring BU, Boston College, Harvard, and Northeastern) which was a way to seal the deal. You know what, I dont think I ever thought I would have gotten to this point in my career, hockeywise, so I was planning to stay at B.U. for the four years and see where it took off from there. It couldnt have worked out better for the 18-year NHL veteran, in part because of the early lessons he learned from Parker that still apply today. It was the same lessons on and off the ice, Aucoin explained. It was accountability. The one thing about playing hockey at school is you have to manage things. Its just not about one thing, and those lessons translated from on ice to off ice. Make sure you show up on time, make sure you always work hard. And the one kind of cool thing about college is we had so many extra players that even practices turned into games. Kids really had to prove themselves, so even practices were always really hard. And we worked out every day, so there was really no down time. You always had to be at your best. That was a change for a kid from Canada who had come down with wide eyes and not sure what to expect. Although widely considered one of the most exemplary hockey programs in the country for most of Parkers tenure, BU was rocked by two separate sexual assault scandals last year, and the program came under intense scrutiny and criticism in the aftermath. Aucoin says the boys had fun when he played, but it was within the framework of an excellent culture. Well, the culture was definitely top-notch when I was there. They had just lost in the finals the year before. They had players like (Tony) Amonte, (Keith) Tkachuk, (Shawn) McEachern, (Scott) LaChance. They were filled with stars. We had a big freshman class coming in, and like any group of young athletes, we had our off-ice issues. We tried not to cross any lines, but we all liked to have a good time. It was nothing drastically illegal that would have gotten anybody thrown out, and clearly things have gotten a little more out of hand in recent years. When I was there, if something happened that Jack didnt like, he nipped it in the bud quickly. He put the school ahead of everything.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Door not closed on Isiah Thomas returning to Knicks

Video shows moment Fisher informed Rams staff of his firing

Doc Rivers shoots down report of rift with Chris Paul

Report: Jimmy Butler recruiting Kyle Lowry to the Timberwolves

WATCH: Tim Tebow didn't waste any time homering after promotion

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Nolan Arenado throws out runner from seated position

Report: Chris Paul ‘despises’ Doc Rivers, had issues with treatment of son Austin

NFL fans in Florida seem to like Tom Brady more than any of their three teams’ players

Mayweather-McGregor fight is reportedly seeking a $10 million title sponsor

Terry Francona wearing heart monitor in case of another 'episode'

Albert Almora denies flipping off President Donald Trump during White House visit

Box Score 6/29: Cash is doing well this NBA offseason

The 'You get a steal! You get a steal! Everybody gets a steal!' quiz

Rewriting the Hall of Fame rubric for today's pitchers

Top NBA free agents available

Box Score 6/28: New York loses its zen

Although you have seen this start before, this season is no sequel for the Dodgers

The 'Power hitters are coming for that number one spot' quiz

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

BIG3 Referee Hotline Bling: Ricky Davis takes unnecessary shots at Al Harrington

Who won Wimbledon the year you were born?

Box Score 6/27: Monday is for all sorts of ballers

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 'You get a steal! You get a steal! Everybody gets a steal!' quiz

Rewriting the Hall of Fame rubric for today's pitchers

2017 is not another disappointing sequel for the Dodgers

BIG3 Referee Hotline Bling: Ricky Davis takes unnecessary shots at Al Harrington

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

The 'Power hitters are coming for that number one spot' quiz

Big3 brings summer festival feel to basketball with barnstorming tour

The 'Tonight, we settle the Beard vs. Brodie debate' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The 8th Man Award for most overlooked player this year

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker