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Cronin heading back to college

Bridgeport Sound Tigers coach Greg Cronin was introduced today as the new head coach at Northeastern University in Boston.

New York Islanders general manager Mike Milbury released the following statement this afternoon: “On behalf of the New York Islanders and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, I want to thank Greg for his years of service, his hard work and his gift for teaching. Greg was an extremely valuable assistant coach for the Islanders as we made our return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs and has done an excellent job with our prospects as the head coach the last two seasons in Bridgeport. We wish Greg and his wife, Carole, all the best as he begins a new chapter in his career as head coach at Northeastern.”

Cronin will coach the Sound Tigers for the remainder of this season.

In Cronin’s first year with the Sound Tigers (2003-04), the club set a franchise record with 98 points (41-23-12-4) and established six AHL records, including fewest goals against in an 80-game season (140) and best penalty kill efficiency (90.7 percent). Cronin also coached the PlanetUSA squad at the 2004 AHL All-Star Classic.