Tom Kurvers, Minnesota Wild Assistant GM, Dies at 58

Tom Kurvers, assistant general manager of the NHL's Minnesota Wild, died on Monday at the age of 58.

"The Minnesota Wild organization is heartbroken to announce that Tom Kurvers passed away this morning after a courageous battle with lung cancer," the Wild said in a statement posted on Twitter. "We extend our deepest sympathies and prayers to Tom's family and loved ones, including his wife, Heather, daughters Madison and Rose, and sons Weston and Roman."

"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 family and friends each and every day" the statement continued. "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. We join the State of Hockey in mourning the loss a great hockey player and an even better person."

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— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) June 21, 2021

"Rest in peace TK," the statement concluded.

While Kurver was not a smoker, he was first diagnosed with lung cancer in 2019.

During an interview with the Wild in 2019, Kurver said, "Lung cancer kills more people than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined. It has a stigma of being a smoker's cancer, but 50 percent of the people who are diagnosed are not smokers."

Newsweek was directed to the statement issued by the Wild after reaching out for further comment.

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A detail of the Minnesota Wild logo is seen during the first period against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre on October 17, 2019 in Montreal, Canada. The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Minnesota Wild 4-0. Minas Panagiotakis/Getty

Kurver has served as the Wild's assistant GM since July 17, 2018.

Prior to his time with the Wild, Kurver worked with the Phoenix Coyotes as director of player personnel in 2005 and then served as the Tampa Bay Lightning assistant GM from 2008 to 2011. He worked as the Lighting's GM during the 2009-2010 season.

Kurver also played in the NHL and was drafted in the seventh round of the 1981 draft by the Montreal Canadiens. In 1986, Kurver helped lead the Canadiens to a Stanley Cup victory after scoring 30 points, including seven goals and 23 assists during the regular season.

Kurver then went on to play for several other teams, including the Anaheim Ducks, New York Islanders, Vancouver Canucks, Toronto Maple Leafs, New Jersey Devils and Buffalo Sabres. According to NHL.com, Kurver scored 421 points, including 93 goals and 328 assists, across 659 games.

Kurver retired as a player following the 1994-95 season.

According to NHL.com, Kurver also played NCAA Division I ice hockey at the University of Minnesota Duluth. During his senior year, Kurver scored 76 points (18 goals, 58 assists) in 43 games.