Center Tom Cavanagh, a one-time Sharks prospect who graduated from Harvard and played 18 NHL games for San Jose between 2007 and 2009, was found dead Thursday inside the parking garage at a Providence, R.I., mall.

A statement from his father to the Providence Journal-Bulletin said the 28-year-old player had "fought the demons of mental illness for many years."

Cavanagh was drafted by San Jose in the sixth round of the 2001 NHL entry draft