Jack Parker’s Wiseguys:
The National Champion BU Terriers,
the Blizzard of ’78,
and the Road to the Miracle on Ice
by Tim Rappleye
Hockey writer Tim Rappleye’s story of a high-flying, headline-dominating, national championship squad was, for me, an easy sell. I spent the winter of '77-'78 on campus at Boston University and lived through both the snowpocalyptic blizzard and the hockey national championship. Jack Parker's Wiseguys is a compelling tale for Boston sports fans and everyone else who feels a thrill of pride at America’s unlikely win over the Soviet national team at the Olympics in Lake Placid — a victory forged on Commonwealth Avenue in that bitter, beautiful winter of ’78.