TOM KURVERS enters his ninth season with the Tampa Bay Lightning, his fifth as senior advisor to the general manager after being originally hired on July 9, 2008. Kurvers served three years as assistant general manager from 2008-11 and also oversaw the Lightning's hockey operations department on an interim basis from April through May of 2010.
Kurvers' role with Tampa Bay is multi-purpose. He oversees the scouting and signing of all college free agents and works directly with the team's amateur scouting staff on possible free agent targets. Kurvers also advises the general manager on potential trades and free agent signings at the professional level. In addition to his duties with the Lightning Kurvers served on USA Hockey's advisory board for the 2014 IIHF World Championships.
Prior to joining the Lightning, Kurvers served three seasons as director of player personnel for the Phoenix Coyotes. As director of player personnel he oversaw all aspects of the team's scouting, including both the Coyotes' amateur and pro scouting departments. He spent a total of 11 years with the Coyotes, including one as a radio analyst and seven as a professional scout. He also served as interim assistant coach for the final two months of the 2003-04 season.
Kurvers played 11 NHL seasons from 1984-95, appearing in 659 regular season games, recording 93 goals and 328 assists for 421 points. He also played in 58 Stanley Cup playoff games, recording eight goals and 30 points. He was a Stanley Cup Champion with the 1986 Montreal Canadiens.
Before joining the professional ranks Kurvers had an outstanding college career at the University of Minnesota - Duluth, setting numerous school records including most career goals by a defenseman (43), most career assists (152) and assists by a defenseman (career -149 and season - 58). In 1984, he was honored with the Hobey Baker Award, WCHA MVP and was named an All-American. Kurvers was named to the WCHA Top 50 of All-Time Team, and has been inducted into both the UMD and Bloomington Jefferson High School Athletic Hall of Fames.
Kurvers received his undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from UMD in 1984. While an active NHL player he began graduate studies in 1991, completing courses in the off-seasons through 1996. Highlighted in the curriculum was an accredited seminar sponsored by the world renowned Aspen Institute. Upon retirement in 1997, he earned his Masters of Business Administration degree in sports management from the University of St. Thomas.