Brian Caruso, who played for Minnesota Duluth for four years in the 1990s, died Sunday of a heart attack at his home in Fort Worth, Texas, according to the UMD website. He was 45.
Caruso, who was born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, had 62 points (30 goals, 32 assists) in 137 career games. He enjoyed his best season in 1992-93 when he set career highs for goals (12) and assists (13) for the WCHA regular-season champions.
He was taken in the third round (62nd overall) of the 1991 NHL draft by the Calgary Flames, and played professionally for four seasons with the Erie Panthers (ECHL), Saint John Flames (American Hockey League), Fort Worth Fire (Central Hockey League) and the Fort Worth Brahmas (Western Professional Hockey League).
Memorial services are pending.