On Saturday, Feb. 2, BC High and Catholic Memorial will engage in their yearly Ed Wright Cup game at Boston University's Walter Brown Arena. The archrivals will have an added incentive for bragging rights this season, with two of the programs' most famous alums on hand. College hockey's all-time winningest coach Jerry York (BC High) and legendary BU bench boss Jack Parker (CM) will present the game's Most Valuable Player Award, celebrating the 50th year of the schools' hockey rivalry.
Here's more background info and historical perspective from Wright Cup committee member John Glynn:
Over the past 13 years, the Ed Wright Memorial Committee has presented an annual MVP Award in memory of Edward M. Wright, M.D. This Award memorializes the accomplishments of Ed Wright, a 1965 graduate of Catholic Memorial. It was also established to appreciate and recognize one of the best and oldest high school hockey rivalries in the country between B.C. High and Catholic Memorial. This year’s event is special because not only will there be the presentation of the MVP Award, but the co-presenters of the Award will be legendary coaches Jerry York (Boston College) and Jack Parker (Boston University).
This year, in addition to the MVP Award being presented, the Committee is very excited to commemorate the 50th year that these two schools have faced off, the first time being Dec. 31, 1962 at McHugh Forum. Looking through the attached documentation, you will see a rather unique history. One of the most interesting facts pertains to 2 legendary college hockey coaches, Jack Parker at Boston University and Jerry York at Boston College. Both Parker (CM ’63) and York (BCH ’63) faced off against each other in the very first shift of the first game; Coach Parker was the first line center for CM; Jerry York was the first line left wing for B.C. High. CM had a good night, won the game 7-3; Parker had 2 goals out of the 7 for CM; York had 2 goals out of the 3 for B.C. High. That was the first night that these 2 legends went through the traditional handshake line at the end of the game; just a preview for these two over the next 50 years.
Initially, the game was not a league game; in the early years, CM was in the old South Shore League and B.C. High was a member of the Boston City League. There was a major hockey realignment in the early 1970’s which resulted in the strong Catholic Conference emerging, including both B.C. High and CM. They played each other twice in league play and many more times at State Tournaments.
During the past 50 years, the intense rivalry, strong competition, excellent coaching produced many great players and coaches; it also produced high school students who participated as best as they could at the varsity high school hockey level who went on to be very successful adults, both personally and professionally. The tradition also included many sets of brothers who played at various times for these programs.
The Committee is very excited that both Jerry York and Jack Parker will present the 13th Edward M. Wright Memorial Award to the game’s Most Valuable Player. The Committee will also be introducing and/or recognizing the past 12 winners of the Edward M. Wright Memorial Award since 2001. In addition to Coaches Parker and York, 2 other original players, as representatives of each team who faced off at McHugh Forum on December 31, 1962, will be part of the post-game ceremony. The Committee expects a strong turnout to see a great hockey game, honor the tradition, and the individual Edward M. Wright, M.D. An attached summary of last year’s program about Ed’s background will give you an indication as to why Ed’s unfortunate passing on February 9, 2000 resulted in this Award in his name.