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BU hockey names top assistant O'Connell new head coach

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BU hockey names top assistant O'Connell new head coach

Boston University associate head coach Albie O'Connell has moved up the Terriers bench and will be named BU head coach at a press conference Wednesday, the school announced.

O'Connell succeeds David Quinn, who took over for BU legend Jack Parker five years ago and left last month to become head coach of the New York Rangers.

O'Connell, a BU assistant since 2014 and associate head coach since 2015, played in two Frozen Fours as a Terriers player and was team captain as a senior in 1998-99.

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Report: BU hockey coach Quinn to take Rangers job

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Report: BU hockey coach Quinn to take Rangers job

Boston University hockey coach David Quinn has agreed to a five-year, $12 million contract to become the New York Rangers coach, according to an ESPN report.

Quinn, 51, replaced college hockey legend Jack Parker at BU in 2013 and was 105-67-21 with the Terriers, reaching three NCAA regional finals with a runner-up finish for the national championship in 2015. Parker won 897 games in 40 years at BU, the third-most all-time and most for a coach at a single school.

Rangers assistant GM Chris Drury and veteran defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk played at BU. Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada and Bob McKenzie of TSN had each tweeted that Quinn was the leading candidate to replace Alain Vigneault as Rangers coach. Vigneault was fired the day after the regular season ended. New York finished 34-39-9 and last in the Metropolitan Division. 

The Rangers traded away veterans, including winger Rick Nash to the Bruins, at the trade deadline as they fell out of the playoff race and will likely try to rebuild with younger players under Quinn.

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