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York University Visits WDS

September 25, 2018

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The York University (YU) Lions men’s hockey team recently completed a tour of Saskatchewan in memory of Mark Cross. Mr. Cross was himself a former Lion and alumni of York University, graduate of William Derby School (WDS) in Strasbourg, assistant coach of the Humboldt Broncos, and one of 16 lost in the April 6 tragedy. The YU Lions tour – which saw them play exhibition games in Lumsden, Humboldt, and Saskatoon – included a presentation to students at WDS on September 20.

While this presentation was geared towards students in grades 7-12, several members of the team toured elementary classrooms to visit students, answer questions, and share about their experiences playing university hockey.

As part of their presentation to students, the team shared that they have established the “Heart of a Lion” award in honour of Mark Cross. The acronym “C.R.O.S.S.” outlines the attributes Mark was known for, and the traits looked for in future recipients of the Heart of a Lion award. This acronym stands for: Character, Respect, Optimism, Sacrifice, and Selflessness. Members of the current YU Lions hockey team talked about how Mark exemplified these ideals and how they can be applied to a students’ daily life. One YU Lions player who shared about his experiences with Mark was Kaleb Dahlgren, member of the 2017-18 Humboldt Broncos.

To close the presentation on September 20, WDS Principal Deb Schwandt-Kelln shared a message with students encouraging them to follow the example set by Mark in his time as a student, athlete, and mentor. Speaking on behalf of the Cross Family, Mr. Brad Cross thanked the YU Lions and WDS for their support.

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