Anaheim Ducks named veteran coach Greg Cronin as its head coach on Monday
It is the first NHL head coaching job for the 60-year-old Cronin, who has three decades of experience that includes a dozen years as an NHL assistant and coaching at various levels in the American Hockey League and the college ranks.
He replaced Dallas Eakins, who was fired on April 14. Duck ended 23-47-12
“I am excited and honored to be named head coach of Anaheim Ducks,” Cronin said. “This team has a great future ahead.
Most recently, Cronin coached the Avalanche’s AHL affiliate, the Colorado Eagles, for the past five seasons. He was an NHL assistant coach for 12 seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Islanders, and was the Islanders’ associate coach in 2017–18.
Duck Last appeared in the Stanley Cup playoffs in 2017–18, when the San Jose Sharks posted a sweep in the Western Conference first round.
Cronin will have a hand in selecting the No. 2 pick, which concerns Duckin the NHL draft later this month
Duck Said Cronin fits the qualifications sought in his next coach
General manager Pat Verbeek said in a news release, “When we cast a wide net in our search for the next head coach, it became clear to me that Greg would be an ideal fit for the position.” “Being a young team, I felt we needed a teacher of the finer points of the game, and someone who had worked extensively with talented young players over time to help them become successful NHL players.” Greg has done all of that and more, and we are excited to appoint him as the team’s head coach Anaheim Ducks,
Eakins, 56, was named Duck coach in 2019 after four seasons at their AHL affiliate in San Diego. He had an overall record of 100–147–44 in Anaheim.
– Field Level Media