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Tom Cavanagh (ice hockey)
Cavanagh with the Worcester Sharks in 2008
|Born|| March 24, 1982|
Warwick, Rhode Island, U.S.
|Died|| January 6, 2011 (aged 28)|
Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)|
|Played for||San Jose Sharks|
|NHL Draft|| 182nd overall, 2001|
San Jose Sharks
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. He was also the Worcester Sharks' all-time scoring leader with 138 points in 202 games.
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. 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.
- "Sharks update: Former teammates share memories of Cavanagh". San Jose Mercury News. http://www.mercurynews.com/sharks/ci_17046614?nclick_check=1. Retrieved 2014-03-14.
- "Tom Cavanagh: A tortured life". San Jose Mercury News. http://www.mercurynews.com/sharks/ci_17245875?nclick_check=1. Retrieved 2014-03-14.
- Tom Cavanagh (ice hockey)'s career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
- Tom Cavanagh (ice hockey)'s NHL player profile