Wild assistant GM Tom Kurvers dies at 58 from lung cancer

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

"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 Minnesota Wild said in a statement Monday.

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.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.