York Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer
York is college hockey's winningest active coach.
head coach Jerry York, the winningest active head coach in college
hockey, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will undergo
surgery later this summer, the school announced Wednesday.
was made in the early stages of the disease, and the prognosis
for a full recovery is excellent, according to BC officials. York's
surgery is expected to be performed in late July or early August,
and if all goes well, his participation in the Eagles' 2005-06
season shouldn't be affected.
York has already
spoken to two other members of the coaching fraternity who have
successfully battled prostate cancer: Holy Cross basketball coach
Ralph Willard and Connecticut basketball coach Jim Calhoun. Calhoun
returned to the bench for the Huskies just 13 days after undergoing
surgery in 2003.
"They told me that I should buy my primary care physician a bottle of wine because they caught it so early," a typically upbeat York told John Connolly of the Boston Herald. "The first two days when they told me I said, 'Whoa!' but they caught it early."
is one of the most common types of cancer among men, although
survival rates continue to improve, especially when it is diagnosed in the early stages. According to webmd.com, 99
percent of men with prostate cancer survive at least five years
after their diagnosis, 92 percent survive at least 10 years, and
61% survive longer than 15 years.
York has compiled
a 723-429-72 record at Clarkson, Bowling Green and Boston College,
and has won national championships with the Falcons and Eagles.
Only Ron Mason and Bob Peters have more career college hockey
College team was 26-7-7 last season, won the Hockey East regular-season
and playoff titles, and reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA
Tournament. The Eagles are scheduled to open the 2005-06 season
at Michigan and Bowling Green Oct. 14-15.