Boston U. introduces David Quinn

Boston University introduced David Quinn as the school's new men's hockey coach Tuesday, replacing Jack Parker, who is retiring after 40 seasons behind the Terriers' bench.

Quinn, who played at BU from 1984 to 1987 and was an assistant coach at the school from 2004 to 2009, was most recently an assistant coach for the Colorado Avalanche.

The 46-year-old Quinn was selected from a short list of candidates that reportedly included former Terrier Mike Sullivan and current associate head coach Mike Bavis.

"David Quinn is the ideal candidate for this job," said athletic director Mike Lynch. "His résumé is filled with great experiences at every level and he is a proven head coach and a consummate professional. He is also a BU man, an important consideration as we deliberated. Jack Parker is in many ways irreplaceable, but I'm absolutely convinced that the future of BU hockey is in great hands."

"I'd like to thank President Brown and Mike Lynch for giving me this incredible opportunity and entrusting me with the BU hockey program," Quinn said. "I surely wouldn't be in this position if it were not for Jack Parker and I'm very lucky to be able to call him my coach, mentor and friend. One of the things that makes this job so unique is that beyond all the success here, the former players have such a loyalty towards the program. I look forward to continuing that and the legacy that Coach Parker leaves behind."

Quinn, a native of Cranston, R.I., was a first-round draft pick of the Minnesota North Stars (No. 13 overall) in the 1984 draft. After his junior year, he tried out for the 1988 Olympic team but was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder, temporarily forcing his retirement from the game.

Four years later, with his disease under control, Quinn tried out for the 1992 Olympic team. Although he failed to make the national squad, Quinn caught the eye of New York Rangers scouts, and played 19 games for New York's American Hockey League affiliate, the Binghamton Rangers, in 1991-92.

The next season, he played 60 games with the Cleveland Lumberjacks of the International Hockey League. He retired permanently after that season moved into coaching, getting a job as an assistant coach for Northeastern.

Brion O'Connor, who is a contributor to ESPNBoston.com, contributed to this report