Former NHL defenceman Tom Kurvers dead at 58, won Stanley Cup with Habs in '86

Former Montreal Canadiens defenceman Tom Kurvers (photo:

Former NHL defenceman Tom Kurvers, who won a Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens and also played for Toronto and Vancouver, has died. He was 58.

The Minnesota Wild said in a statement Monday that Kurvers died following a battle with lung cancer. Kurvers had been an assistant general manager with the Wild since 2018.

Kurvers, a Minneapolis native, was a standout at University of Minnesota Duluth during his collegiate career and won the Hobey Baker Award, given to the NCAA's most outstanding collegiate hockey player, for the 1983--84 season after registering 76 points in 43 games.

Kurvers was selected in the seventh round, 145th overall, by Montreal in the 1981 NHL entry draft.

He played two full seasons with the Canadiens, helping them win the Stanley Cup in 1986. He was dealt to Buffalo one game into the following season.

We are saddened to learn of the passing of former defenseman Tom Kurvers after a courageous battle against lung cancer. He was 58.

— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) June 21, 2021

   After two successful seasons in New Jersey, including a 66-point campaign in 1988-89, he was dealt to Toronto a game into the 1989-90 season for a first-round pick that would eventually become star defenceman Scott Niedermayer.

Kurvers had a good first season in Toronto, scoring 15 goals and adding 37 assists in 70 games. After an unproductive start to the 1990-91 campaign he was dealt to Vancouver, where he had four goals and 23 assists in 32 games.

In 659 career NHL games with Montreal, Buffalo, New Jersey, Toronto, Vancouver, the New York Islanders and Anaheim, Kurvers had 93 goals, 328 assists and 352 penalty minutes.

Kurvers worked in Tampa Bay's front office from 2011-18, before joining the Wild.

- This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 21, 2021.