COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Tom Kurvers, senior advisor to the general manager of the National Hockey League's Tampa Bay Lightning, will be part of the U.S. Men's National Team Advisory Group for the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship, it was announced today by USA Hockey.
"It's great to have Tom involved in helping put together our team for this year's world championship," said Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. "He is highly regarded and is well-versed in many areas, including player personnel."
Kurvers, in his fifth year with the Lightning, spent the 11 seasons prior to arriving in Tampa as part of the Phoenix Coyotes staff, including three seasons as the club's director of player personnel.
A defenseman, Kurvers played 11 seasons in the NHL (1984-95) with seven different organizations, appearing in 659 regular-season games and 58 NHL playoff outings. Drafted by Montreal in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft, he won the Stanley Cup with the Canadiens in 1986.
Kurvers was a four-year (1980-84) standout at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where he helped the Bulldogs to the 1984 NCAA championship game and earned the Hobey Baker Memorial Award that year as the top player in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey.
Internationally, Kurvers represented the United States as a member of the U.S. National Junior Team in 1982.
After earning his bachelor's degree in communications from UMD in 1984, the Bloomington, Minn., native began graduate studies in 1991 while an active NHL player and in 1997 gained his master's degree in business administration in sports management from the University of St. Thomas (Minn.).
The 2014 U.S. Men's National Team will begin play in the IIHF Men's World Championship on May 9 against Belarus.