Tom Cavanagh (ice hockey)

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Tom Cavanagh
Tom Cavanagh Manchester Monarchs.jpg
Born (1982-03-24)March 24, 1982
Warwick, RI, USA
Died January 6, 2011(2011-01-06) (aged 28)
Providence, RI, USA
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Center
Shot Left
Played for San Jose Sharks
NHL Draft 182nd overall, 2001
San Jose Sharks
Playing career 2005–2011

Thomas Garrett Cavanagh (March 24, 1982 – January 6, 2011) was an American professional ice hockey center who most recently played with the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League. He was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the sixth round, 182nd overall, of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. After playing four seasons at Harvard University, he was signed to a professional contract by the Sharks organization.

Cavanagh made his National Hockey League debut with San Jose near the end of the 2007–08 season and recorded an assist on his first shift.[citation needed] His shift to open the game was alongside Jeremy Roenick and Joe Thornton. The following season, he scored his lone NHL goal March 28, 2009, a backhand shot past Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.

Playing career[edit]

Cavanagh was the first player to play every single one of the Harvard’s games during his collegiate career. Cavanagh made his 138th consecutive appearance in a Crimson jersey in Harvard's final game of the 2005 NCAA Tournament.[1]

Cavanagh is the Worcester Sharks' all-time scoring leader with 138 points in 202 games.[2] Cavanagh holds the San Jose Sharks franchise record for quickest point by a rookie for an assist on a goal by Joe Thornton that came 36 seconds into Cavanagh's first game in the NHL.[3]

Death[edit]

Cavanagh was found dead in the Providence Place Mall parking garage on January 6, 2011. The cause of death was identified as multiple traumatic injuries due to blunt force impact.[4] Police have stated that they believe the death to be a suicide. Cavanagh had been diagnosed with schizophrenia, and was institutionalized several times in the last months of his life.[5][6] Cavanagh had been released from his contract with the Falcons on November 9, 2010.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001–02 Harvard University NCAA 34 8 17 25 4
2002–03 Harvard University NCAA 34 14 13 27 31
2003–04 Harvard University NCAA 36 16 20 36 26
2004–05 Harvard University NCAA 34 10 19 29 22
2005–06 Cleveland Barons AHL 62 10 11 21 36
2006–07 Worcester Sharks AHL 74 12 32 44 56 6 1 0 1 6
2007–08 Worcester Sharks AHL 77 19 36 55 55
2007–08 San Jose Sharks NHL 1 0 1 1 0
2008–09 Worcester Sharks AHL 51 15 24 39 37 12 3 2 5 8
2008–09 San Jose Sharks NHL 17 1 1 2 4
2009–10 Manchester Monarchs AHL 17 3 5 8 10
2010–11 Springfield Falcons AHL 5 0 1 1 4
NHL totals 18 1 2 3 4

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
ECAC Hockey All-Tournament Team 2004 [8]
All-ECAC Hockey Second Team 2004–05

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jon Smyth
ECAC Hockey Best Defensive Forward
2004–05
Succeeded by
Mike Ouellette