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BU hockey coach Parker speaks out on controversy

Posted by Robert Burgess  September 25, 2012 04:55 PM

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In his first public comments since a task force issued a report severely criticizing the culture of Boston University’s men’s hockey team, coach Jack Parker said changes in the program have already been implemented per the recommendations of the task force.

The scrutiny of the team began when two players from the 2011-12 squad – Corey Trivino and Max Nicastro - were arrested for sexual assault in separate incidents. That caused the school to formulate a task force, which found a culture of entitlement.

Parker praised the work of the task force and said the program is moving forward.

"The court cases speak for themselves, I don’t want to rehash all that [from] last year,’’ said Parker, who was at TD Garden as part of Hockey East media day. "I enthusiastically endorsed the findings of the task force. The stuff that is directed directly to the hockey team, we’re already initiating and moving forward with. The stuff [that is directed] toward the student body, our kids will participate in obviously because they’re students. I think the entire student body as well as all the athletes will be better off because of this stuff. But I’m not looking back at that and saying, 'OK, we’ve got to make sure that we do the next right thing this year.’ Like we always preach to them, 'Do the next right thing every year.’ ‘’

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