Monday, June 20, 2011

Cronin cheats then bails to Toronto

Northeastern University's men's hockey head coach, Greg Cronin, has left the school for an assistant coach position with the Toronto Maple Leafs. This move comes timely for a coach who was suspended for the last six games of the regular season for NCAA violations regarding contact with recruits. Sebastian LaPlante will serve as the interim head coach as other assistant coach Albie O'Connell is rumored to be taking a similar position at Harvard University. LaPlante, who must serve a six game suspension to begin the season, is not the ideal guy but really NU's only option as bringing in a new coach and implementing a new system in three months is no easy task. Cronin left the school with very few options as the realistic plan here would be to give LaPlante the season to see what he has got as a coach. This leaves many wondering about the status of recruits and current players especially rising sophomore D-man Jamie Olesiak who is a sure first rounder in the NHL draft later this month. It will be interesting to see if this changes the roster of the Huskies who are due to bring in some heralded recruits including ex-Terrier and puckstar Vinny Saponari. Have fun coaching that little girl Kessel, Cronin. You two idiots should get along great.

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