Mandy Cronin, a goaltender from the University of Maine who went on to become a co-founder of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League and player in the league, has been named the general manager of the Buffalo Beauts of the NWHL.
“I am eager and excited to work with the Buffalo Beauts players and staff, as well as the league, to continue building on the success they have already achieved,” said Cronin, a U.S. citizen raised in York, Maine who now resides in the Toronto area. “I’m also looking forward to learning and growing as a professional in this industry, utilizing my experience from nearly two decades in athlete development and business management to expand and improve the NWHL player and fan experience. I’m committed to doing all I can for the sport of hockey that has given me so much.
“It is important to acknowledge that we are at a crossroads in women's post-collegiate hockey. I believe we would all like to reach the same goal – to have one sustainable women's professional league. We need to find a way to bridge the gap in our beliefs of what that looks like, and the correct path to get to that point. I am fully dedicated to playing whatever part necessary to aid in that mission.”
Cronin also is the founder and director of M-Power Hockey, which since 2006 has provided coaching, mentoring and consulting services for players in Toronto and neighboring communities. Like all of the league GMs, Cronin will collaborate with the league in the hiring of coaches, construction of a roster, and overall management of the team and Beauts’ staff.
After attending a pair of prestigious invitational camps for USA Hockey during her high school years, Cronin played four years for the University of Maine Black Bears between 1998-2002 and was a captain in her junior and senior seasons.
Cronin played in an earlier league also called the NWHL from 2002-2007, and then co-founded the CWHL with an alliance of players that included Kathleen Kauth, Sami-Jo Small, Jayna Hefford, and Jennifer Botterill. She won the CWHL championship with the Brampton Thunder in 2008 and also played for CWHL teams in Boston and Burlington (Ont.) before retiring as a player in 2012.
Cronin has also spent time with USA Hockey as a coach. Her work with USA Hockey from 2009-2016 as a goalie coach and evaluator at national camps earned her a Level 4 certification. She represented USA Hockey at the IIHF High Performance and Development Camp in Finland in 2012.
The addition of Cronin in Buffalo comes after the NWHL hired general managers earlier this month for the Riveters (Kate Whitman Annis) and the Whale (Bray Ketchum).
“Mandy Cronin is an important and invaluable addition to the NWHL as GM of the Buffalo Beauts,” said Hayley Moore, NWHL Deputy Commissioner and Director of Player Development. “She’s incredibly knowledgeable and passionate, and it shines through in all she has already done in the game. Mandy was a goaltender at a great program at UMaine, was one of the incredible pioneers in a group of players that founded the CWHL, and she’s the founder and director of her own hockey business. We couldn’t ask for a better person to lead our team in Buffalo.”
Cronin and her wife, Mandy Cole, also a former college and pro hockey player, live in the Toronto area with their almost-two-year-old daughter, Logan.