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Cronin Leaves Northeastern for NHL

by Mike McMahon/Staff Writer

Greg Cronin has resigned as Northeastern's head coach to take an assistant coaching job with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Cronin will work under Providence great Ron Wilson. His hiring was announced this morning by the Maple Leafs in a press release.

Sebastian Laplante will serve as Northeastern's interim head coach.

Laplante served as the interim head coach during Cronin's suspension this past season for recruiting violations, going 2-2-2.

Northeastern has said that Laplante is a candidate for the full-time position. He is slated to serve a similar (six-game) suspension as Cronin to start this coming season.

Dave Nonis, the Maple Leaf’s vice president for hockey operations, was a graduate assistant at Maine with Cronin from 1988 to 1990.

In February, Cronin, as well as former Merrimack assistant Albie O'Connell, was suspended by Northeastern after compliance officials uncovered possible violations, referencing excessive telephone calls and text messages in regards to recruiting.

Ryan S. Clark of the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead first reported that Cronin was to leave the Northeastern program in April.

The Maple Leafs also announced that former New York Islanders head coach Scott Gordon will be an assistant on Wilson's staff.

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