How did Tom Kurvers die? Fans mourn loss of Minnesota hockey legend at 58

Tom played 11 NHL seasons from 1984-1995

                            How did Tom Kurvers die? Fans mourn loss of Minnesota hockey legend at 58
Tom Kurvers was Minnesota assistant general manager since 2018 (Image credits:

Former NHL star and 'Minnesota Wild' assistant general manager, Tom Kurvers passed away at the age of 58. He reportedly suffered from lung cancer. Tom Kurvers was Minnesota assistant general manager since 2018. Kurvers was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma, a type of non-small lung cancer in January 2019.

Minnesota-Duluth athletics spokesman Brian Nystrom said that Kurvers' family informed of his death. Kurvers died at his home on the morning of June 21. We're well into the half of 2021 and have already seen the demise of some great names. Journalist Dick Stolley, author Janet Malcolm and 'Dawson's Creek' writer, Heidi Ferrer passed away last week.


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Tom Kurvers (Image Credit: Glenn Cratty /Allsport)


An American professional ice hockey defenseman who later served as the assistant general manager for the 'Minnesota Wild' of the National Hockey League, Tom played 11 NHL seasons from 1984-1995. He played with the 'Canadiens', 'Sabres', 'Devils', 'Maple Leafs', 'Canucks', 'Islanders' and 'Mighty Ducks'. Minnesota Wild released a statement upon Tom's death which said, "From Minnesota high school standout to Hobey Baker award winner and Stanley Cup champion, Tom's passion for and success in hockey could only be surpassed by the love and optimism he shared with his family and friends each and every day. Tom's kindness and enthusiasm will be greatly missed by the countless number of people on whom he had a positive influence throughout his life." Tom began as a 'Coyotes' scout, then joined the 'Lightning' before moving on to the 'Wild'. He won the Hobey Baker Award as the top college player at Minnesota Duluth in 1984.



'Tampa Bay Lightning' general manager Julien BriseBois spoke of Tom and said, "There are a lot of terrific people in the hockey world, but Tom stood out as the nicest, kindest and most humble. He was grateful for all the good that happened in his life and was eager to give back. He was very generous with his advice and very insightful. I know Tom mentored many people throughout hockey, and I was privileged to be one of them."

'Rest in peace Tom'

Fans commented messages of condolence for the great star remembering his iconic feat. One fan wrote, "We lost one of the truly great men in our game today. You will be missed TK." Another commented, "He was an amazing person. Islanders fans remember him as a player and share your pain in his passing." One grieving fan wrote, "RIP & lots of strenghts for his family." Another tweeted, "This really sucks guys. I feel for the family and those affected."