Cory Cross

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Cory Cross
Born (1971-01-03) January 3, 1971 (age 43)
Lloydminster, AB, CAN
Height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight 219 lb (99 kg; 15 st 9 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Tampa Bay Lightning (1993–1999)
Toronto Maple Leafs (1999–2002)
New York Rangers (2002–2003)
Edmonton Oilers (2003–2006)
Pittsburgh Penguins (2006)
Detroit Red Wings (2006)
NHL Draft NHL Supplemental Draft, 1992
Tampa Bay Lightning
Playing career 1993–2007

Cory Cross (born January 3, 1971 in Lloydminster, Alberta) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey defenceman, who played twelve seasons in the National Hockey League. He is currently an assistant coach for the Calgary Dinos men's ice hockey team.[1]

Draft[edit]

Cross was selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning 1st overall in the 1992 NHL Supplemental Draft.

Playing career[edit]

After being drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning, Cross went on to spend time with the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings. A physically imposing player with a powerful shot, Cross was considered a sub-par skater by NHL standards. This became especially apparent after the 2004–05 NHL lockout, since which he played only 56 games at the NHL level.

After spending three seasons on defence for the University of Alberta, Cross made his professional debut with Atlanta of the IHL. He saw spot duty with the Lightning for two seasons before playing his first full season in the NHL during the 1995–96 season.

After spending parts of six seasons in Tampa Bay, Cross, along with a seventh-round draft pick, was dealt in the off-season to the Toronto Maple Leafs, in exchange for Fredrik Modin. After three relatively good seasons with the Leafs, Cross was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the New York Rangers. Cross played only 26 games in New York before being traded again, this time to the Edmonton Oilers, along with Radek Dvorak in exchange for Anson Carter and Ales Pisa. Cross played 113 games for Edmonton before being traded along with Jani Rita to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Dick Tarnstrom. Cross was relentlessly criticized in Edmonton for his inability to adapt to the "New NHL". On March 9, 2006, Cross was traded from the Penguins to the Detroit Red Wings for fourth round draft pick in 2007.

Cross signed with the Hamburg Freezers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga in July 2006. Cross played one season with Hamburg. Cross formally retired as an active player in September 2009.

Coaching career[edit]

On September 27, 2009, the Calgary Dinos head hockey coach, Mark Howell, announced that Cross would be an assistant head coach along with former NHLer Brad Isbister.[2]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1992–93 Atlanta Knights IHL 7 0 1 1 2 4 0 0 0 6
1993–94 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 5 0 0 0 6
1993–94 Atlanta Knights IHL 70 4 14 18 72 9 1 2 3 14
1994–95 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 43 1 5 6 41
1994–95 Atlanta Knights IHL 41 5 10 15 67
1995–96 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 75 2 14 16 66 6 0 0 0 22
1996–97 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 72 4 5 9 95
1997–98 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 74 3 6 9 77
1998–99 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 67 2 16 18 92
1999–00 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 71 4 11 15 64 12 0 2 2 2
2000–01 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 41 3 5 8 50 11 2 1 3 10
2001–02 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 50 3 9 12 54 12 0 0 0 8
2002–03 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 2 0 0 0 2
2002–03 New York Rangers NHL 26 0 4 4 16
2002–03 Edmonton Oilers NHL 11 2 3 5 8 6 0 1 1 20
2003–04 Edmonton Oilers NHL 68 7 14 21 56
2005–06 Edmonton Oilers NHL 34 2 3 5 38
2005–06 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 6 0 1 1 6
2005–06 Detroit Red Wings NHL 16 1 1 2 15
2006–07 Hamburg Freezers DEL 48 2 7 9 190 7 2 2 4 32
NHL totals 659 34 97 131 684 47 2 4 6 62

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