Matt Thurber, a Beaver Dam native who played parts of two seasons for the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team, died Tuesday in Omaha, Nebraska. He was 28.
A cause of death has not been announced, but an obituary said he died unexpectedly.
Thurber, a forward, played for the Madison Capitols youth program and the Omaha Lancers in the United States Hockey League before joining the Badgers in 2008.
He played in 42 games for UW until he was dismissed from the team in February 2010 after being charged with multiple misdemeanors after an alleged incident of domestic abuse.
He got a second chance at Northern Michigan, playing his final two seasons of collegiate eligibility from 2011 to 2013.
Thurber played one season of professional hockey with the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL before retiring.
He has worked as a financial advisor for Omaha company Tagge Rutherford.
Thurber is survived by a wife, Lizz, whom he married in 2014 and a young daughter.
Visitation is scheduled for Friday in Omaha, with a funeral on Saturday.