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Lightning Announce Hockey Operations Additions

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have named Tom Kurvers to the position of assistant general manager, Jim Hammett to the position of director of player personnel and Greg Malone to the position of head professional scout, it was announced today by owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie.

Former NHL defenseman Tom Kurvers has been named assistant general manager. Kurvers served the past three seasons as director of player personnel for the Phoenix Coyotes. He spent 10 years in Phoenix, and as director of player personnel he oversaw all aspects of the team’s scouting, including both the Coyotes’ amateur and pro scouting departments.

In 11 NHL seasons, Kurvers played with seven different teams including Anaheim, Vancouver, Toronto, New Jersey, Buffalo, Montreal and the New York Islanders. In 1986, Kurvers was a member of the Stanley Cup Champion Montreal Canadiens. In 659 games, Kurvers scored 93 goals and added 328 assists for 421 points. He also played in 58 NHL playoff games, recording eight goals and 30 points.

Kurvers had an outstanding college career at the University of Minnesota - Duluth (WCHA), setting numerous career records including: goals by a defenseman (43), most career assists (152) and assists by a defenseman (career - 149 and season - 58). In 1984, he won the Hobey Baker Award as the top U.S. collegiate player and was also named an All-American. In addition, he was selected as the WCHA MVP and to the First Team All-WCHA. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in communication in 1984.

The 45-year-old Kurvers retired from the NHL in 1995, playing his final NHL season with Anaheim. He then played one season with the Seibu Bears in Japan before returning home to Minnesota to pursue a post-graduate degree. In 1997, he completed his Masters in Business Administration (sports management) from the University of St. Thomas. Kurvers spent one season (1997-98) as the radio color analyst for the Coyotes.

Longtime NHL scout Jim Hammett has been named director of player personnel for the Lightning. Hammett, a native of Kelwona, British Columbia, spent last season as the head amateur scout for the New York Rangers. Prior to joining the Rangers he served as the head scout for Canada’s Men’s National Teams for one year and was responsible for all of the men’s player evaluations for U-20 players, the selection of Canada’s future National Junior Team, and selection camps for Canada’s U-18 program.

Hammett spent eight years (1998-2006) as a scout with the Colorado Avalanche, including the role of chief scout from 2001-06. Prior to becoming a scout, Hammett served as the head coach for the Kelowna Spartans of the British Columbia Junior Hockey League, and spent a season as an assistant coach of the Western Hockey League’s Red Deer Rebels.

Former NHLer Greg Malone spent the past two seasons as a professional scout with the Phoenix Coyotes, and he joins the Lightning as head professional scout. Malone served as the Coyotes’ head eastern pro scout, monitoring and evaluating professional players and NHL teams throughout the season.

Malone joined the Coyotes after spending 16 seasons as head scout for the Pittsburgh Penguins. In that role, Malone was responsible for the team’s amateur draft selections while overseeing all junior, college, high school and European scouting. During his time with the Penguins he oversaw the drafting of players such as Jaromir Jagr, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Marc-Andre Fleury, Martin Straka, Markus Naslund, Ryan Whitney and his son, Ryan Malone.

Malone played 704 career NHL games in 11 seasons with the Penguins, Hartford Whalers and Quebec Nordiques from 1976 to 1987, recording 191 goals and 501 points.

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