Tom Cavanagh (ice hockey)

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Tom Cavanagh
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Cavanagh with the Worcester Sharks in 2008
Born (1982-03-24)March 24, 1982
Warwick, Rhode Island, U.S.
Died January 6, 2011(2011-01-06) (aged 28)
Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
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. Potvin played 18 games in the National Hockey League (NHL). He played with the San Jose Sharks.

Before he played in the NHL, he played 4 years of college hockey at Harvard University. During his time there, he was named the ECAC Hockey Best Defensive Forward in the 2004–05 season. He was drafted with the 182nd overall pick by the San Jose Sharks in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

During his time with the San Jose Sharks, he set a franchise record for the quickest point scored by a rookie when he assisted on a Joe Thornton goal that came 36 seconds into Cavanagh's first game in the NHL.[1] He was also the Worcester Sharks' all-time scoring leader with 138 points in 202 games.[1]

On January 6, 2011, Cavanagh was found dead in the parking garage of Providence Place Mall. He locked his car and jumped from an upper level to his death.[2] The police said that his death was a suicide. He had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and was put into institutions during the last months of his life.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Sharks update: Former teammates share memories of Cavanagh". San Jose Mercury News. 8 January 2011. Retrieved 2014-03-14.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Tom Cavanagh: A tortured life". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 2014-03-14.

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