News crossed the timeline late Wednesday night that forward Billy Norcross had flipped his commitment from Boston College to Northeastern. We were able to independently verify this as well. Norcross is a 6-foot-2, 180 pound right-shot forward from Lynn, Massachusetts who can play both center and right wing.
Norcross originally committed to BC back in 2019, and just finished up his senior year at Cushing Academy where he was a two-year captain. This year for Cushing he put up 31 points in 26 games. A right-shot forward who can play center or wing, Norcross is a 2003 birth year who is committed to playing for the Penticton Vees of the BCHL next season. Penticton just won the league championship, and Norcross will likely play with fellow NU commit Eli Sebastian with the Vees. They also helped develop incoming defenseman transfer Braden Doyle.
Norcross is an alumni of Team USA Selects camps as well as the the Five Nations Tournament, and received votes for top NEPSAC player this past season according to the New England Hockey Journal. One talent evaluator described him as a “good size forward who plays the game very hard. Skates well, high compete, can shoot it.” Those sentiments are echoed in his evaluations by the NEHJ as well, who after he committed to BC characterized him as “a solid 200-foot player who is heavy on pucks, along the walls, below the dots, and can be counted on in all situations.” Other write-ups detailed how he was hard to knock off the puck and facilitated offense after winning his board battles, demonstrating the gritty, heavy play style that Northeastern has both grown to be known for as well as the type of hockey that lends itself to winning tight, close games, particularly playoff games.
As stated earlier, Norcross is committed to Penticton for next season, and he is expected to enroll to Northeastern in Fall 2023, the same year he was slated to arrive at The Heights. Expect Norcross to slot into the bottom six early in his career but establish himself as a reliable player in all four years at Northeastern up and down the lineup.
Congratulations to Billy on his commitment to Northeastern! As always, go Huskies!