Thomas James Kurvers
Defense
Left-Handed Shot
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 195 pounds
Born: 9.14.62 Minneapolis, Minnesota
How he arrived: Traded by the Buffalo Sabres for Red Wings' 3rd round pick in the 1987 E.D.,
6.13.87
How he left: Traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Leafs' 1st round pick in the 1991 E.D., 10.16.89
Year
Team
GP
G
A
Pts.
+/-
PIM
SOG
PPG
PPA
PPP
SHG
SHA
SHP
GWG
1987-88
NJ
56
5
29
34
6
46
88
2
19
21
0
2
2
1
1988-89
NJ
74
16
50
66
11
38
190
5
28
33
0
1
1
0
1989-90
NJ
1
0
0
0
-1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Franchise
Career Totals
 
131
21
79
100
16
84
278
7
47
54
0
3
3
1
Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Kurvers was a valuable piece of the offensive puzzle when he came to New Jersey, displaying quick hands both with his
passing and with his shot from the point. He was never known for playing defense, but he did play to his strengths.

At such a young age, as well, he also brought Stanley Cup experience, having won the Cup with the Canadiens in 1986.
That experience shone through, as he racked up 15 points in the 88 playoffs for the Devils.

The 88-89 season was his best season, not just with the Devils, but in his NHL career, having lead the team in assists
with 50 (5 of them in one game, tying a team record.), and reaching a career high in points with 66.

With all his assets, though, it was hard to see him get traded. However, the pick the Devils got in return did bring in
Scott Niedermayer.

So after the Leafs, Kurvers' journeyman status would be furthered more with moves to Vancouver, the Islanders, and
Anaheim. He retired after in 1996 after a season in Japan.

Having been friends with Bobby Smith, at the time the GM for the Phoenix Coyotes, he did get a job as radio color
analyst for the Yotes post-retirement. He later became a scout for them, and in 2005, was promoted to Director of
Player Personnel.

Currently, he works for the Lightning. He had served as interim GM after Brian Lawton was fired during the 09-10
season, then yielded the office to Steve Yzerman. Other than that, during his entire tenure (He joined in July, 2008), he
has been an assistant GM.

He also took on a role with USA Hockey in 2014 as a member of the Advisory Group.
Entry Draft: 1981 Seventh Round Pick (145th overall) by the
Montreal Canadiens
Year
Team
GP
G
A
Pts.
+/-
PIM
SOG
PPG
PPA
PPP
SHG
SHA
SHP
GWG
1987-88
NJ
19
6
9
15
-5
38
55
3
5
8
0
0
0
1
Franchise
Career Totals
 
19
6
9
15
-5
38
55
3
5
8
0
0
0
1
Playoff Statistics with the Franchise