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Sad Story of Minnesota Wild Hero Tom Kurvers’ Cause of Death

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The tragic story of the assistant general manager for the Minnesota Wild Tom Kurvers’ cause of death has been released after he passed away on Monday (June 21) at age 58.

The University of Minnesota-Duluth confirmed the heartbreaking death news of longtime NHL defenceman and executive on Monday, announcing, “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.”

The Wild then came to say about the native of Bloomington in a statement, reading, “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.”

The tragic story of the assistant general manager for the Minnesota Wild Tom Kurvers' cause of death has been released

Serving as an assistant general manager of Minnesota Wild for the past three seasons, Tom Kurvers was taken in the seventh round of the 1981 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens.

Kurvers played in 659 career games during 11 seasons and won the Stanley Cup with the Canadiens in 1986; scoring 93 goals and adding 328 assists with:

  • The Habs
  • Buffalo Sabres
  • New Jersey Devils
  • Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Vancouver Canucks
  • New York Islanders
  • Anaheim Mighty Ducks


Longtime Cancer Finally Became Tom Kurvers’ Cause of Death

The father of four, Tom Kurvers’ cause of death was reported as his long-time illness; according to The Minnesota Wild, he had been fighting lung cancer since about January 2019.

Seven months after being named Wild’s assistant general manager in 2018, Kurvers was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. His health condition in the past year led Tom Kurvers to take a step back from his duties with the Wild.

Beloved Tom leaves behind his wife and four children.

Good to know, he helped lead the Bulldogs to wing their first WCHA regular-season title as well as their second-place finish in the NCAA championship

The tragic story of the assistant general manager for the Minnesota Wild Tom Kurvers' cause of death has been released

Tom spent a stellar college career at the University of Minnesota Duluth, setting program records for most career goals (43) and points (192) by a defenseman.

He later helped the team to a national championship berth and became the first Bulldog to win the Hobey Baker Award in 1984.

Being drafted 145th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1981 NHL entry draft, late Kurvers launched his NHL career that spanned 11 years on seven different teams (Canadiens, Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, New York Islanders, and Anaheim Mighty Ducks). 


Reactions to Tom Kurvers’ Death News

As you know, Celebrities’ passing news breaks many hearts, however, fans always remember memories, and their idols are alive in their hearts and minds forever.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Tom Kurvers, his family, friends, fans, teammates, and all of his loved ones on these challenging days. You can share a condolence message below the comment box to honor him.

As news of his sudden passing spread on social media, many of his fans and friends shared their tribute to Kurvers, remembering him as a great personality. 

Someone wrote, “I am quite broken to have read that a person I met while attending UMD and followed throughout his Pro Hockey career died of Lung Cancer. Enter Hockey Valhalla Tom Kurvers, you were fun to watch, and gracious and kind to this fan.”

The tragic story of the assistant general manager for the Minnesota Wild Tom Kurvers' cause of death has been released
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Another said, “Many years ago, a very dorky 13-yr-old Angie drew pictures of the 83-84 Bulldog hockey team. Tom Kurvers was gracious enough to sign the portrait I’d done of him. Years later, he was equally gracious when chatting with my son and (a slightly less dorky)me. He will be missed.”

Also, a user tweeted, “While God added to his defensive corps… we on Earth our mourning the loss of great human being! @UMDMensHockey great Tom Kurvers gone way too soon! RIP TK! #CancerSucks”


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