When the Boston Bruins sent down Jamie Tardif and Lane MacDermind to Providence, I kind of figured the Stingrays would get a player.
I didn’t think it would be two guys and I didn’t think they would both be defensemen. I felt like Alden Hirschfeld would be coming back to the Lowcountry.
Defensemen Tommy Cross and Ryan Button have been assigned to the team from the Providence Bruins.
Rays head coach Spencer Carbery won’t complain about getting a couple of D-men instead of Hirschfeld, especially since he’s had no depth on the blue line most of the season.
Cross will be a huge addition, especially on the power player. He was the leading scorer for the Rays when he left. To be honest, I thought we’d never see him in a Stingrays uniform again.
Barring any injuries in Providence or Boston, Cross and Button will be here through the Sunday games with Orlando.
Here are some details on Cross and Button provided by my close personal friend, Joey Z.
Cross, 23, dressed in 23 games with the Bruins (AHL) recording one goal and five assists for six points. Earlier this season, the Simsbury, Connecticut, native skated in 22 contests with the Stingrays adding 17 points (six goals, 11 assists). Currently in his first professional season, Cross completed a four-year college career at Boston College grabbing 60 points (17 goals, 43 assists) in 134 games and helped the Golden Eagles to NCAA championships in 2010 and 2012. He was chosen by the Bruins in the second round (35th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Button, 21, played in 23 games with the Bruins (AHL) recording no points and 15 penalty minutes. The Edmonton, Alberta, native split last season between the Reading Royals of the ECHL and Providence grabbing one goal and five assists in 30 ECHL contests and two assists in 28 games in the AHL. Prior to turning pro, Button spent four seasons of junior hockey in the WHL with the Prince Albert Raiders and Seattle Thunderbirds and was selected by Bruins in the third round (86th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.