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D Tom Kurvers.



1x Stanley Cup Champion
4x Top 23 Points Among Defensemen(9, 13, 19, 23)
15th in Points in 4 year peak(88-89 to 91-92), top 26 all selected already

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Tom Kurvers was a pure offensive defenceman with outstanding passing skills and a quick release from the point. In his eleven years in the NHL he was a considered a positive influence on the ice and in the dressing room.

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he scored 175 points in four seasons at the University of Minnesota-Duluth between 1980 and 1984. His talent was noticed by the Montreal Canadiens who drafted him 145th overall in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft.

In 1982 Kurvers represented the United States at the World Junior Championships. His senior year was the most individually rewarding as he scored 76 points and was the recipient of the Hobey Baker Award as the top U.S. collegiate player. Kurvers was also placed on the WCHA first all-star team and the NCAA West first All-American team.

Kurvers enjoyed a fine rookie season with the Habs in 1984-85 when he played a regular shift and scored 45 points. By the start of his third year in Montreal, Kurvers was caught in a numbers game a traded to the Buffalo Sabres for a 2nd- round draft pick. He scored 23 points for the Sabres down the stretch in 1986-87 then played for the U.S. at that year's World Championships.

An off-season deal in 1987 brought Kurvers to New Jersey where his offense sparked the Devils to an improbable playoff run that finished one game short of the Stanley Cup final. That year Kurvers was the second-highest scoring blueliner in the post-season with 15 points in nineteen games. The next year he recorded a personal high 66 points but, by 1989-90, was considered expendable when the Devils opted to use Bruce Driver to quarterback the power-play.
http://www.legendsofhockey.net/Legen...p?player=10858

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Tom Kurvers was an intelligent offensive defenseman. He was not a puck rusher so much as was an outstanding passer and a smart though not overpowering shooter from the point. He had good mobility, anticipation and vision. He was a solid choice to quarterback a power play. Though he had good size, Kurvers was not a physical player.

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he scored 175 points in four seasons at the University of Minnesota-Duluth between 1980 and 1984 where he majored in communications. He was an excellent student. He was named to the National Honor Society in his last year of high school, and earned a MBA degree part time while playing in the NHL.

Kurvers was also heady on the ice. In his senior year he was named as the Hobey Baker Award winner as the top collegiate player. Kurvers turned pro with the Montreal Canadiens in 1984-85. Playing regularly with Chris Chelios, Kurvers scored 45 points. Kurvers numbers slipped a bit in year two, and he was traded at the beginning of the 1986-87 season to the Buffalo Sabres for a 2nd round draft pick. He struggled to find his game in Buffalo, scoring just 23 points.

The summer of 1987 saw Kurvers join the New Jersey where he found his game. His offense was a major spark in the Devils improbable playoff run that finished one game short of the Stanley Cup final. That year Kurvers was the second-highest scoring blueliner in the post-season with 15 points in nineteen games. The next year he recorded a personal high 66 points but, by 1989-90, Bruce Driver emerged as the Devils top defenseman, making Kurvers expendable.
http://nyislanderslegends.blogspot.c...m-kurvers.html

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He was always a highly productive player, especially dangerous on the powerplay due to his wicked point shot and playmaking skills
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Kurvers

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The defence featured Tom Kurvers, chosen 45th by Montreal back in 1981, who had blossomed into a points- producer
http://www.google.com/search?q=tom+k...w=1366&bih=616

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The certainty is that the Canadiens will have a winning season as long as the American Connection(defenseman Tom Kurvers is the other half) continues playing as they have thus far.

Kurvers grew up in the heartland of US hockey, and hockey is what he always wanted to excel at - and did particularly last season at Minnesota-Duluth University where he was named the outstanding player in US college ranks.

"When I'm playing well, I'm moving the puck and staying in good position."-Kurvers

"Chelios showed me in the playoffs he could play in this league," Larry Robinson said. "I didn't know anything about Kurvers going into training camp, but what I can't understand about either of them is how they can come into this league, and not let anything bother them."

"I mean...you can't afford to make mistakes out there, particularly on defense. They're supposed to be nervous, but they don't show any signs of it."

"Here are a couple kids who don't seem to have nerves. Both can pass. Both can shoot. Both are heady players."

"You're looking at two guys that were the tops at where they played before they came here, who are rookies and don't have a nerve in their bodies. You're looking at two guys who are exceptions to the rule.
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