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November 8, 2018

York, BC Try to Overcome Another Slow Start

by Joe Meloni/Senior Writer (@JoeMeloni)

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Boston College coach Jerry York addressed his team before its game with Merrimack on Saturday night.

York, winner of 1,054 games as a college hockey coach before Saturday, looked at the 2018-19 Eagles, winners of 0 games at that point, and told them a story. Specifically, York turned to Graham McPhee, a junior forward, and told him to call his father.

McPhee’s father, George, has plenty to do these days, running the Vegas Golden Knights. Before he was the architect of the Golden Knights, George played under York for four years at Bowling Green.

In 1981-82, George, York and Bowling Green found themselves in the same position as Graham, York and Boston College did last Saturday night.

The Falcons were 0-6-1 after seven games. Their season seemed lost. Just as BC’s did before Saturday’s game.

See, York knows his players, for the most part, probably haven’t been 0-5-0 before. Players don’t get to play for Boston College by losing. He’s been there before, though.

There aren’t many things York hasn’t seen. Richard Nixon was the president when York got his first job running a program.

So he told Graham McPhee to call his father. Not for comfort, but for reassurance. That 0-6-1 Bowling Green team ended up winning the CCHA regular-season title and tournament championship before losing in the NCAA tournament to Northeastern in Boston.

“You guys have probably never been 0-5-0,” York said to his team. “You just haven’t. But I’ve been there. Graham McPhee’s father was our senior captain at Bowling Green. We started 0-6-1. With unbelievable leadership from (George McPhee) and Brian MacLellan, both (NHL) GMs now, we won the league title, the playoff title and went into Northeastern in the national tournament.

“We went …

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