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Remembering Tom McCarthy – hockey was his first love

Tom McCarthy, a one-time National Hockey League all-star forward who found a second life in sports by coaching young players died suddenly in Mexico last Thursday.

McCarthy passed away suddenly following complications due to heart issues.

McCarthy was one of Espanola Express’s owners and head coach filling the position until 2018 before retiring to Mexico.

He was also a first-round selection on the Minnesota North Stars in the 1979 National Hockey League Entry Draft.

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No final funeral arrangements had been made as of press time.

McCarthy played 529 NHL games, amassing 437 points with Minnesota and the Boston Bruins on 190 goals and 247 assists. While with the North Stars, he earned a spot on the Campbell Conference squad at the 1983 NHL All-Star game, as a left-winger, and scored a goal as part of a 9-3 victory for his squad.

McCarthy was 61 years old.

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