Mandy Cronin, the co-founder of the Canadian Women's Hockey League, has been named the general manager of the Buffalo Beauts, the National Women's Hockey League announced.
“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,” Cronin said in a statement released by the league. “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."
The league has assumed control of the Beauts after Pegula Sports and Entertainment relinquished control earlier this month.
The NWHL is the lone remaining women's pro hockey league in North Americans after the CWHL folded. More than 200 players have announced a boycott and could consider sitting out the season.
“It is important to acknowledge that we are at a crossroads in women's post-collegiate hockey," Cronin said in the statement. "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 played goaltender for the University of Maine from 1998 to 2002 and was team captain as a junior and senior. She then played in a previous league also known as the NWHL from 2002-2007.
She helped found the CWHL and was a player in the league until retiring in 2012. She has experience with USA Hockey and also founded M-Power Hockey in 2006. The organization offers coaching, mentoring and consulting services for players in Toronto and the surrounding area, according to a news release.
“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 in a statement. “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.”