Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Boston College's Tommy Cross Goes From One Champion To Another
In the Northeast, you won't find a college hockey program that's more consistent and also produces as many quality pro players as the Eagles. That's why it's exciting that the Boston Bruins got in on the action by signing BC senior defenseman Tommy Cross to an entry-level contract.
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound senior captain is from Simsbury, CT originally and he was a second round pick by the B's (35th overall) in 2007. He's already played at some of their training camps and on Friday, he'll report to Providence for his pro debut with the Providence Bruins.
“It’s special,” Cross said at the Eagles' on-campus celebration of their national championship. “It’s a great organization. It’s an honor to sign [with them]. I think right now it hasn’t really settled in -- my mind is still here at BC. I’ve had four unbelievable years here. It’s sad to see it come to an end, but when one door closes another one opens.”
From all reports, Cross was a great leader and he was the second best defenseman on a team that was loaded with talent. If he can bide his time in the minors, there's no doubt that he'll make an impact either with the Bruins or with another NHL team in the near future. Andrew Ference of the B's also went to Boston College and look how he's turned out the last few seasons.
While helping his team close out their season with 19 straight wins and capturing their fifth title in BC's history, Cross set career-highs in games played (44), assists (19), points (24) and penalty minutes (66) during the regular season. He ended his college career with his second championship and now he gets to play in the organization of the defending Stanley Cup champs, who are expected to make another serious run this spring. Not a bad life indeed.