Tom Cavanagh
Tom Cavanagh Manchester Monarchs.jpg
Born March 24, 1982(1982-03-24),
Warwick, RI, USA
Died January 6 2011 (aged 28),
Providence, RI, USA
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
Pro clubs Manchester Monarchs
Cleveland Barons
Worcester Sharks
Springfield Falcons
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 who most last played with the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League. He was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the sixth round, 182nd overall, of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. After playing four seasons at Harvard University, he was signed to a professional contract by the Sharks organization.

Cavanagh made his National Hockey League debut with San Jose near the end of the 2007–08 season and recorded an assist on his first shift. His shift to open the game was alongside Jeremy Roenick and Joe Thornton. The following season, he scored his lone NHL goal March 28, 2009, a backhand shot past Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.

Playing careerEdit

Cavanagh was the first player to play every single one of the Harvard’s games during his collegiate career. Cavanagh made his 138th consecutive appearance in a Crimson jersey in Harvard's final game of the 2005 NCAA Tournament.[1]

Cavanagh is the Worcester Sharks' all-time scoring leader with 138 points in 202 games.[2] Cavanagh holds the San Jose Sharks franchise record for quickest point by a rookie for an assist on a goal by Joe Thornton that came 36 seconds into Cavanagh's first game in the NHL.[3]

Reputation as a player Edit

Cavanagh was a highly regarded player by coaches and teammates throughout his hockey career.[4] Harvard Hockey coach Ted Donato described Cavanagh with the following statement: “He was one of my favorite players I have ever been around in any facet of hockey, whether playing or coaching. He was just a very unselfish, hard-working team guy who played his best in big games.”[5]


Cavanagh was found dead in the Providence Place Mall parking garage on January 6, 2011. The cause of death was identified as multiple traumatic injuries due to blunt force impact.[6] Police have stated that they believe the death to be a suicide. Cavanagh had been diagnosed with schizophrenia, and was institutionalized several times in the last months of his life.[7][8] Cavanagh had been released from his contract with the Falcons on November 9, 2010.[9]

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001–02Harvard UniversityNCAA34817254
2002–03Harvard UniversityNCAA3414132731
2003–04Harvard UniversityNCAA3616203626
2004–05Harvard UniversityNCAA3410192922
2005–06Cleveland BaronsAHL6210112136
2006–07Worcester SharksAHL741232445661016
2007–08Worcester SharksAHL7719365555
2007–08San Jose SharksNHL10110
2008–09Worcester SharksAHL5115243937123258
2008–09San Jose SharksNHL171124
2009–10Manchester MonarchsAHL1735810
2010–11Springfield FalconsAHL50114
NHL totals 18 1 2 3 4


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