Alumnus represents Canada in Russia

St. Thomas University graduate and men’s hockey team alumnus, David Crossman participated in the World Ball Hockey Championships as part of Canada’s men’s team.

The championships took place in Moscow, Russia in June.

Crossman is a Riverview native, but moved to Fredericton in 2007 to study at STU and play for the Tommies hockey team. For fun, he joined a ball hockey league during his first summer in Fredericton. Now, it’s become his passion.

Crossman received an invitation to the international tournament in December.

“It’s exciting, being a natural athlete, you just can’t wait to wear that maple leaf on your chest,” said Crossman.

Team Canada went 4-0 in the round robin. But when it came to the gold medal game, they fell to Czechia, with a final score of 4-2.

Although his team didn’t win, Crossman said the tournament was a fun experience.

Crossman said he and his teammates bonded during their time in Russia and he made friends for life. (Submitted by David Crossman)

“In the short 10 days I spent with these people, I’ve made relationships that will last a lifetime,” he said.

Crossman advises aspiring national athletes to never give up.

“You never know when the opportunity is going to represent itself,” Crossman said.

The World Ball Hockey Tournament is hosted every two years. The next one will take place in 2020, and the host will be announced sometime this fall. The team roster will be announced closer to the date of the tournament.

Crossman is hoping to be a part of the 2020 team.

“I’m hoping to go back and finish what we did in 2018 and come back with a gold medal for Canada.”

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