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Futures pick Tommy Cross commits to Boston College

October 26, 2006 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Ohio Junior Blue Jackets News Release

COLUMBUS, OHIO - Ohio Junior Blue Jackets 2007 United States Hockey League Futures Draft pick, defenseman Tommy Cross (Simsbury, Conn.), committed to play hockey at Boston College in 2008, General Manager Don Harkins announced today.

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Cross chose Boston College over rival school Boston University and Providence College. By choosing the Eagles, he is now in a position to play with forward Jimmy Hayes, who was selected first overall in the USHL Futures Draft by the Junior Blue Jackets and is also committed to Boston College for 2008. Cross was Ohio's fifth pick, 49th overall, in the USHL Futures Draft earlier this month.

"Tommy is not only a top NCAA recruit, but is an NHL prospect as well," said Harkins. "We are very excited to have been able to select Tommy in the USHL Futures Draft, and are anxious to see him grow as a player on the ice."

Cross is eligible for the 2007 NHL Draft, which will take place in Columbus, Ohio, next summer, and is projected to be a first or second round choice. In addition, he was recently invited to play for the United States National Development under-18 team in the Four Nations Tournament in Sweden from Nov. 5-12.

The Ohio Junior Blue Jackets return to action on Sunday and Monday versus the Sioux Falls Stampede. Sunday's game is slated for 6 p.m. and Monday's game is set for 7 p.m., both at Nationwide Arena. Ohio Junior Blue Jackets individual game tickets for 2006-07 regular season home games are on sale now at Nationwide Arena, The Chiller Ice Rinks, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers and For information on season tickets, mini-plans and group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS.

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