Two years after becoming coach at Boston College, Jerry York attended a university function at Fenway Park's 400 Club.
More than a decade past winning the 1984 NCAA title with Bowling Green, he was rebuilding a program in the midst of six straight losing seasons that had gone almost half a century since its last national championship. Rival Boston University, on the other hand, had recently won a historic fourth national title.
So when the Boston Bruins were considering giving their vacant head coaching job to BU boss Jack Parker, a BC alum asked York if he was eager to see Parker leave college hockey.
"Jerry, in a very respectful way said, 'No, I want him to stay. I want to see if we can measure up to BU,'" said Mike Cavanaugh, York's assistant coach at BC since 1995. "At the time, they were the program to emulate. And they happened to be our rival."
So it seemed all too appropriate that, roughly 15 years since that Fenway function, York made hockey history against Parker and Boston University.
A 5-2 BC victory over BU on Saturday night gave York 924 career wins, tying Ron Mason's all-time collegiate record.