Us, at Shark-Tank, would like to pause for something a little more serious.
On January 6th, 2011, the Sharks family lost a team mate, a friend, and family member.Thomas Garrett Cavanagh, committed suicide, after a lifelong battle with schizophrenia and depression.
Tom Cavanagh had a very brief NHL career, but holds many records throughout his hockey life. He still holds many records at his school, Harvard University, in Worcester, and holds the San Jose Sharks record for fastest first career point, an assist to a Thornton goal in Los Angeles, 37 seconds into the game.
Five years ago, the Sharks organization released him after “locker room conflict”. Many times, Tom would go off on himself, walking out of dressing room, with nothing on. He would go on to play for the Springfield, Worcester, and Manchester, all of the AHL. He’d go onto be a free agent.
In the evening of January 6th, Joe received a call from his son’s therapist, saying he didn’t show up. A familiar message came from Tom’s girlfriend. That evening, they found him at the Providence Mall parking lot, with his car on the 4th floor. He jumped.
There are many people who love Tom…who miss him, many fans he didn’t even know. And there are people out there who love you.
If you or a loved one needs help, if you feel like you’re at the end your rope, there IS light at the end of the tunnel. Please call Suicide Prevention LIFEline, at 1(800)273-8255. There are so many people out there who love you, many you take for granted.
Live your life….for Tom.
Thomas Garrett Cavanagh