April 12, 2005 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Bridgeport Sound Tigers
BRIDGEPORT, CT Â– The American Hockey LeagueÂ’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers, top affiliate of the National Hockey LeagueÂ’s New York Islanders, have announced head coach Greg Cronin has been named the new menÂ’s hockey coach at Northeastern University. The announcement was made Tuesday afternoon at NortheasternÂ’s rink, Matthews Arena, in CroninÂ’s hometown of Boston. Cronin will coach the Sound Tigers for the remainder of this season.
Cronin was named the second head coach in Sound Tigers history in June of 2003 replacing Steve Stirling who was named Islanders bench boss after leading the Sound Tigers during their first two years of play, 2001-03. Cronin was an assistant coach with the Islanders prior to joining the Sound Tigers but retained the role of director of player development for the big club during his tenure in Bridgeport.
Cronin led the Sound Tigers to a second-place finish in the competitive East Division last season with a 41-23-12-4 record. The Sound Tigers set or equaled a number of team and league records during CroninÂ’s first year behind the bench in 2003-04, including a franchise-record-tying 98 standings points and a 22-game, unbeaten-in-regulation streak that saw the team go 18-0-3-1 from October 19, 2003 through December 14, 2003. Cronin was also named coach of the PlanetUSA Team for the 2004 AHL All-Star Classic in Grand Rapids, Michigan by virtue of the Sound Tigers clinching the leagueÂ’s highest winning percentage a full week before the cutoff date.
Cronin joined the Islanders in 1998 after a two-year stint as director of player development and head coach of the Under-18 National Team for USA Hockey. He was also an assistant coach for Team USA at one World Championship and two World Junior Championships, including the 1996-97 junior squad that captured the silver medal in Geneva, Switzerland, the highest finish in US history at the time.
Prior to joining USA Hockey, Cronin was an assistant coach at the University of Maine from 1993 through 1996. He was an interim head coach from December 1995 through December 1996 winning his first seven games behind the bench and leading the Black Bears to a 27-12-2 record and a trip to the Hockey East Finals. Cronin also served as a graduate assistant at Maine from 1988 through 1990 while earning a MasterÂ’s Degree in Business Administration. He was as an assistant coach at Colorado College from 1990 through 1993, helping the Tigers advance to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association tournament.
CroninÂ’s first coaching experience came as an assistant during the 1987-88 season at Colby College in Waterville, Maine where he earned a BachelorÂ’s Degree in History and American Studies in 1986. He was originally recruited to play hockey and football for the White Mules. CroninÂ’s older brother was also a star athlete at Colby College, and his father was a three-year hockey letterman at Northeastern University captaining the Huskies as a senior in 1958-59.
The Sound Tigers will visit the Albany River Rats this Wednesday at 7 p.m. and return home to finish the season with a pair of games at BridgeportÂ’s Arena at Harbor Yard against the Manchester Monarchs this Saturday at 7:05 p.m. and the Hershey Bears this Sunday at 4:05 p.m. All three games will be broadcast live at www.soundtigers.com.
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