AMHERST, Mass. -- Jerry York has been in the driver's seat for a number of great college hockey teams. Even after making history Friday night, his focus was on keeping the vehicle moving forward.
The 70-year-old York, in his 44th season on the bench and 22nd at Boston College, became the first coach in NCAA Division I men's hockey to win 1,000 games with his team's 8-0 victory over Hockey East-rival UMass.
"I've always been a front windshield type guy and I've always looked at what's next," York said. "I don't reflect back a lot ... otherwise I'd crash the car pretty quick."
After squandering a shot at history with a 1-1 tie at Boston University last Saturday, Boston College made quick work of its opponent Friday with five goals in the first period.
"Just wish we could have done it earlier," Eagles senior captain Teddy Doherty said. "It's such an honor to play for Coach York and the rest of the staff. We tried to get it done as quick as we could, but it had to be here and (I'm) glad we got two points."
Doherty, in his fourth season playing for York, gave his coach a game puck after the win.
"He's the most energetic on the ice every single game for practice," Doherty said. "His enthusiasm rubs off on us and it's a great win for a guy like him. It makes us all excited to come to the rink every day."
York insisted he never mentioned the impending benchmark leading up to Friday.
"We never talked about, `Hey, coach is chasing a milestone," York said. "It's just not part of my fabric, it's not part of my makeup.
"We've always talked about, `You leave your ego at the door when you walk in and now you're part of a family of BC hockey players.' If I was to make a big deal about, `Let's work really hard tonight to get this milestone,' it doesn't make any sense. I really stayed away from that."
York is no stranger to milestones. He has a 1,000-595-108 record since his career began in 1972 and has led his teams to five national championships -- one at Bowling Green and four at Boston College.
York is one of only three NCAA coaches to win a title at multiple schools and is the career leader in NCAA Tournament wins with 39.
In 2012, York secured his 925th career victory to pass Rob Mason and become the winningest coach in college hockey.
After the latest win, there doesn't seem to be much left to accomplish.
"I got a text from a friend of mine (after the game)," York said. "He says, `Go get 2,000."