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John Cross

Hockey/Softball (Athlete)

Inducted - 2023

John Cross grew up in Aultsville, Ontario, where he played hockey and softball until he passed away in 1951. John was widely known and esteemed for his athletic ability on the ice and ball field. The Aultsville Tigers hockey team were the Long Sault Hockey League champs in 1922, 1923, and 1924. In addition, they won the Shaver Trophy, which was introduced later, for the same league championship in 1932, 1934, and 1945. John also played games for a team in Morrisburg, he always gave one hundred percent, and his play was rugged, but played within the rules. He was an inspiration to his teammates and respected by his opponents. Later, John volunteered to referee hockey in Osnabruck, Cornwall, and the Matilda Township, in addition to the refereeing of hockey and softball at the high school level.

John was a pitcher in softball and played with the same will to win as he did on the ice.


John's son Fraser Cross accepting the award on his behalf from committee member Bob Thompson

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