College Hockey:
Cronin leaves Northeastern to be Maple Leafs assistant

Greg Cronin has left Northeastern to become an assistant coach with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the NHL team announced Monday.

The news was first reported by the Boston Herald in Monday’s edition.

“I want to thank Greg for the incredible work he has done on behalf of this university and our student-athletes,” Northeastern athletic director Peter Roby said in a statement. “Greg has been a tireless worker, both on and off the ice. He has taken our hockey program to new heights. He’s advanced our relationships with alumni and friends of the program. And he’s helped reshape our arena into one of the finest hockey venues in the nation.”

Cronin succeeded Bruce Crowder at Northeastern and led the program for six years, guiding the Huskies from three wins in his first year in 2005-06 to a 25-12-4 mark in 2008-09.

This past February, Cronin and assistant coach Albie O’Connell were suspended by the university after compliance officials discovered potential violations relating to excessive telephone and text-messaging contact during recruitment of student-athletes.

Sebastien Laplante will serve as the interim head coach and will be a candidate for the position, the school said. He will serve a suspension stemming from the recruiting violation at at the start of the upcoming season.

“We look forward to building upon our recent success,” Roby said. “We will move quickly in our search, but will be thorough.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1519030192 Wake Stillman

    Perhaps Dave Flynt the women’s coach would be the best candidate for the job.

  • NUfans

    Well, any coach would want to leave if he got a suspension for one minor violation. That’s a negative message from the management to the coach. It has been clear that the violation is 64 text messages in one and half year to orally committed recruits. No other violation has been found. Considering a 6 years committed hard working coach who has turned the program around…. That suspension is way too suspicious, what’s the real motivation?

    • Anonymous

      Shawn Walsh got castigated for the Torrey allegation and served a year long suspension (Cronin filled in as coach). Afterwards, the NCAA stated Walsh did nothing wrong and Torrey was OK to play.But the damage was done.The incident was brought on by other coaches, some people believe, who may have been jealous of Walsh’s success. Perhaps Cronin is sick of all the backstabbing in the college game.

  • Mc3363mc

    OMG..they don’t realize how screwed they are look at the NHL draft 3 NU kids for the st time ever.  They have no idea what they have lost.  Roby is  moron.  He has a top tier national university with perhapos the only true boston location even BU is partically in Brookline and BC is in Newton, yet he can’t build one sport to national prominance.

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