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Gordon, Cronin joining Leafs' coaching staff

Monday, 06.20.2011 / 12:17 PM / News

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Gordon, Cronin joining Leafs' coaching staff
Scott Gordon and Greg Cronin joining Toronto Maple Leafs' coaching staff as assistant coaches.
Toronto coach Ron Wilson will have two new assistants for the 2011-12 season. Maple Leafs President and GM Brian Burke announced Monday that Scott Gordon and Greg Cronin, a pair of former coaches with Massachusetts ties, now will be Wilson's top aides.

Burke also confirmed that Keith Acton and Tim Hunter will not return to Wilson's staff.

Gordon, who coached the Islanders for a season and a half, was Wilson's assistant with the U.S. Olympic team in 2010. Cronin recently completed his sixth season as coach at Northeastern University. He previously spent seven seasons in the Islanders organization, including five as an assistant and two as the head coach of their AHL affiliate in Bridgeport.

Gordon, 48, was the AHL Coach of the Year in 2007-08 when he led the Providence Bruins to a 55-18-3 record. Recent Stanley Cup winners David Krejci, Adam McQuaid and Tuukka Rask all played for him that season. Gordon also coached in the International Hockey League and the ECHL. The Easton, Mass. native played goalie for Boston College from 1982-86.

Cronin, also 48, led Northeastern to its first consecutive winning seasons since 1993-95. The Boston native was an assistant for Team USA at the 1997 and 2011 World Championships as well as for the U.S. National Junior teams in 1997 and 1998.

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