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Former Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tom Kurvers dies from lung cancer

Kurvers won the Hobey Baker Award as the top college player. He then played 11 NHL seasons from 1984-1995 before moving into management.
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New York Islanders' Dennis Potvin shoots his 1,000th point, as Buffalo Sabres Tom Kurvers tries to block and goalie Jacques Cloutier watches in vain, at the Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, N.Y., on April 4, 1987. (AP Photo/Ed Bailey)

ST PAUL, Minn. — Former NHL player and Minnesota Wild assistant general manager Tom Kurvers has died after a battle with lung cancer. He was 58. 

University of Minnesota-Duluth athletics spokesman Brian Nystrom says the hockey program there was informed of the death by Kurvers’ family. 

Kurvers won the Hobey Baker Award as the top college player. He then played 11 NHL seasons from 1984-1995 before moving into management.

He began as a Coyotes scout, then joined the Lightning and helped build a Stanley Cup champion before moving on to the Wild.

Kurvers played 55 games for the Buffalo Sabres in the 1986-87 season.