The Peterborough DALROD Phantoms will be paying tribute to a legend of hockey in Peterborough, Ken Cross, before Friday night’s game against the Hull Pirates.
Ken passed away peacefully yesterday (28th Jan) morning, at the age of 87.
Ken was a legend of both the Pirates and the Phantoms eras and was a regular fixture at Peterborough Hockey matches for many years. He always had time for everyone who wished to speak with him and attended matches in as much club merchandise as he could.
In the 1990’s, Ken was presented with a “#1 Fan” by the club directors. From that day, the badge became part of his match day attire and he wore his badge with pride.
He would have done anything for the club, and he continued to prove that on a regular basis. In the 90’s, he won £25,000 on a raffle ticket, and donated it to the club he loved. The club, at the time, were suffering financially and Ken wasn’t prepared to see them go under, so he gifted his prize money to keep the club afloat.
In the latter stages of his Phantoms days, he did a five-mile round trip to and from matches from his home in New England. He braved the cold dark nights to make the journey along busy roads, but he was never going to miss his team play.
Prior to Friday’s National Cup Semi-Final second leg against the Hull Pirates, we will be having a minute’s applause in memory of Ken, Peterborough Hockey’s number one fan.
Our thoughts are with Ken’s family and friends at this difficult time.
Rest in Peace, Ken Cross.