B's sign BC defenseman Cross to deal

The Bruins signed Boston College defenseman Tommy Cross to an entry-level contract and the 6-foot-3, 215-pounder with report to Providence and make his pro debut on Friday.

“It’s special,” Cross said at the Eagles' on-campus celebration of their national championship. “It’s a great organization. It’s an honor to sign [with them]. I think right now it hasn’t really settled in -- my mind is still here at BC. I’ve had four unbelievable years here. It’s sad to see it come to an end, but when one door closes another one opens.”

Cross set career highs in games played (44), assists (19), points (24) and penalty minutes (66) during the regular season in winning his second national title at BC. A native of Simsbury, Conn., he was originally drafted by the Bruins in the second round (35th overall) of the 2007 draft.