Cross was named the Boston College Junior Male Scholar Athlete of the Year at the 2010-11 All-Sports Banquet. He earned 2009-10 All-Hockey East Academic Team honors and has earned the Athletic Director’s Award for Academic Achievement in each of his three seasons – 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11.
When coach Jerry York was asked what Tommy Cross brings to his program, he responded with the following: “Tommy Cross has had a major impact on our program as far as leadership – right from his freshman year on. His work habits, his ability to be an outstanding teammate and his genuine interest in academics are a few examples of so many positive things from Tommy Cross that we’ve seen.” Cross was elected assistant captain as a junior in 2010-11 and has been elected team captain for his 2011-12 senior season. He possesses outstanding interpersonal skills. He interacts with his peers, coaches and administrators very well. Regardless of whom he is speaking with, Cross is engaging and enthusiastic. He served as captain of the U.S. Under-18 team at the 2006 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
Cross takes an active leadership role in organizing participation in each of the following community activities – 1. Friends of Jaclyn Foundation: Boston College adopted Declan Finn through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation in January 2011. 2. East Coast Jumbos: Each year, the East Coast Jumbos, a team of disabled hockey players, come to Conte Forum to play a game against the men’s ice hockey team complete with the jumbotron to capture the action and show replays. 3. Children’s Hospital: The team visited the hospital for children with special health care needs. The team plays cards, basketball, football and tag. 4. HEAR Program: Help Educate through Athletic Responsibility. Several team members visit local elementary schools to share their story of how they came to Boston College to help inspire them to do their best in all facets of their lives.
Cross has played in 90 games in three seasons at Boston College. He was a member of the 2010 NCAA championship team. His team has captured Beanpot titles and Hockey East Tournament titles in each of the last two seasons. He helped lead Boston College to the 2010-11 Hockey East regular-season championship, the Eagles first since 2004-05. He has registered 36 points – 12 goals and 24 assists. He earned 2011 Hockey East All-Tournament Team honors after totaling five points – one goal and four assists – in four BC victories en route to the league tournament title. He was a second-round NHL draft choice of the Boston Bruins.