More than three decades ago, George McPhee won the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s top player, an accomplishment he achieved under a young coach named Jerry York. Soon, McPhee’s son, Graham, will get the chance to play under York — but at Boston College, where the 68-year-old has been since 1994.
Graham McPhee, a sophomore at Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Faribault, Minn., committed last week to play for the Eagles, where he would matriculate for the 2017-18 season. Graham, 14, scored 32 goals and added 51 assists in 55 games at the “Bantam” level last season, his first at the hockey powerhouse where several stars — Sidney Crosby and Zach Parise among them – played as teens. Nathan MacKinnon, the first overall selection in this year’s draft, also played there.
Graham McPhee was also being recruited by Notre Dame and Cornell, among others. But Boston College was his first choice, George McPhee said. York, a BC alum, is college hockey’s all-time winningest coach and has the program soaring even as he approaches age 70. The Eagles have four national titles and have appeared in five of the last eight national championship games.
York is also guaranteed to coach the younger McPhee, even though his arrival is a few years off. He recently signed a contract extension that keeps him with the Eagles through the 2019-20 season.