Prospect Tommy Cross
has emerged as a leader on a Boston College squad that currently sits second in the Hockey East standings and third overall in the country.
Last season, Cross and the Eagles made it to the NCAA Final Four in Detroit and won the National Title. The experience gave Cross a taste of what it’s like to play in big games on a big stage.
“You realize what a special group it was and you realize the challenges and adversity we overcame last year to get to the final weekend to go to the Final Four,” he said,
“We just really came together and played our best hockey at the end of the year, that’s what you need to do to win championships.”
The 21-year-old Cross was the Bruins second round pick, 35th overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry-Draft.
Prior to attending Boston College, Cross played in nine games for the USHL’s Ohio Junior Blue Jackets and registered four assists.
Cross also played two games in the 2006-07 season for the U.S National Under-18 Team, where he had two assists.
The Simsbury, CT native is now in his third season at Boston College and, as of Jan. 31, has 8-14-22 totals in 75 games.
Cross was plagued by knee injuries over his previous two seasons, missing the final 12 games of his freshman year and missing four as a sophomore.
But Cross has bounced back in his junior campaign with 3-1-4 totals through his first 13 games.
After taking home the NCAA Championship last season, Cross took part in the Bruins Development Camp this past summer and accepted the advice of the coaching staff as he works towards improving as a player.
“The development camp was a great experience for me…this past summer I skated full-up and did all the drills and scrimmages and everything. I learned a ton from the coaches,” he said.
“The best advice was just to keep working and get better everyday… because there’s other players out there that are doing the same thing,” he said. “I just want to work to get better as a hockey player and be a better player tomorrow than I am today,” ---Hannah Becker