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Cronin Shoots Down Reports of His Departure

CHN Staff Report

Northeastern coach Greg Cronin shot down a report that he's leaving the school for an AHL job, according to a report in the Boston Herald.

The Herald spoke to Cronin while he is in Austria, traveling with Team USA en route to the World Championships in Slovakia.

“I have no idea where it’s coming from,” Cronin told the Herald. “I have nothing to comment on.”

Cronin told the paper, emphatically, that he plans to return to Northeastern.

The original report surfaced in an article in The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead (N.D.), amid a story about Vinny Saponari transferring to Northeastern. Saponari played at Boston University two seasons before being dismissed from the team. He tried to transfer to Boston College, but was denied admittance.

Cronin, 48, was suspended along with assistant coach Albie O'Connell for three weeks in February, related to excessive communication with recruits. Assistant coach Sebastien Laplante, who was the interim head coach while Cronin was suspended, will have to sit out three weeks at the start of next season.

Cronin is currently serving as an assistant coach for Team USA.

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