|On June 16, the New York Islanders named Greg Cronin as an assistant coach to Jack Capuano's staff. He will join Capuano and assistants Doug Weight, Bob Corkum and Matt Bertani behind the Islanders bench. Cronin, 51, returns to the Islanders franchise after nearly a decade coaching at the collegiate and professional level. Cronin, who served as an assistant for the Islanders from 1999-2003 and head coach of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers from 2003-05, has in the interim earned a wealth of collegiate and professional experience.
Cronin most recently spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the Toronto Maple Leafs, from 2011-14, helping the Maple Leafs to the postseason in 2012-13. For the six seasons prior, the Arlington, Mass., native was head coach at Northeastern University. At Northeastern, he led the team to their first consecutive seasons of posting a .500 record or better since the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons. In 2008-09, Cronin won the Bob Kullen Coach of the Year Award as the best coach in the Hockey East conference as voted by the coaches.
Prior to his first stint with the Islanders organization, Cronin served as an assistant with the United States National Team Development Program Under-18 team (one season), the University of Maine (four seasons) and Colorado College (three seasons). Cronin got his start as an assistant coach at Colby College in 1987-88.