Jack Capuano

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Jack Capuano
Jack Capuano 2013-05-09.JPG
Coaching the Islanders during the 2013 playoffs.
Born (1966-07-07) July 7, 1966 (age 50)
Cranston, RI, USA
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Defense
Shot Left
Played for Toronto Maple Leafs
Vancouver Canucks
Boston Bruins
NHL Draft 88th overall, 1984
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 1988–1992

Jack Capuano (born July 7, 1966 in Cranston, Rhode Island) is the head coach of the New York Islanders and a retired former professional ice hockey defenseman who spent parts of three seasons in the National Hockey League in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Playing career[edit]

Capuano played high school hockey at the Kent School in Kent, Connecticut and was a 5th round selection (88th overall) in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. He played his college hockey at the University of Maine. At Maine, he was a teammate of his younger brother Dave Capuano and played on the same blueline as future NHLers Eric Weinrich and Bob Beers along with future Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager, Dave Nonis. He enjoyed a decorated college career, earning First-Team All-American honours in his junior year. His 32 goals remains the most ever by a Black Bear defenseman.

Capuano turned pro in 1988 following his junior year and signed with the Maple Leafs. He spent his first season with the Newmarket Saints of the AHL recording 21 points in 74 games. He would crack the Leafs' NHL roster for the 1989–90 season, but played in only 1 game before Tom Kurvers returned from a holdout, forcing his demotion. Shortly after his demotion, he walked out on the Saints and demanded a trade, feeling he belonged in the NHL.

Toronto would deal Capuano to the New York Islanders mid-season, but they too assigned him to the AHL. He played only 17 games in the Islanders' system before being dealt again, this time to the Vancouver Canucks.

Capuano would have his finest professional season in 1990–91, recording 20 goals and 50 points and earning 2nd-team All-Star honours in the IHL playing for the Milwaukee Admirals, Vancouver's minor-pro affiliate. He received a three-game callup to the Canucks, where he received the opportunity to play with his brother Dave. The two became the first pair of brothers in Canucks history to suit up for the team at the same time.

Capuano signed as a free agent with the Boston Bruins for the 1991–92 season. He enjoyed another solid season in the AHL, and another two games of NHL action with the Bruins, but chose to retire at the end of the season. He finished his career having appeared in 6 NHL games without recording a point.

Coaching career[edit]

Following his career as a player, Capuano moved into coaching. He served as an assistant coach with the Tallahassee Tiger Sharks of the ECHL before being hired as head coach of the ECHL's Pee Dee Pride in 1997 and added the GM title to his responsibilities a year later. He left the bench in 1999 but continued as GM until 2005, when the franchise folded.

Capuano then signed on to be an assistant coach for the New York Islanders in the 2005–06 season. The team played fairly well, despite a midseason coaching change, but failed to make the playoffs. The following season, 2006–07, Capuano became an assistant coach for the Islanders' AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. On April 30, 2007, Capuano was named head coach of the Sound Tigers for the 2007–2008 season.

On November 15, 2010, Capuano was named interim head coach of the Islanders after head coach Scott Gordon was fired from that position by GM Garth Snow amidst a 10-game losing streak by the team.[1][2] The Islanders retained Capuano as the full-time coach for the 2011–12 season.[3] Capuano led the Islanders to a playoff spot in 2013, their first appearance in six years.

NHL coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Postseason
G W L OTL Pts Finish W L W% Result
NYI 2010–11 65 26 29 10 62 5th in Atlantic Did not qualify
NYI 2011–12 82 34 37 11 79 5th in Atlantic Did not qualify
NYI 2012–13 48 24 17 7 55 3rd in Atlantic 2 4 .333 Lost in First Round (PIT)
NYI 2013–14 82 34 37 11 79 8th in Metropolitan Did not qualify
NYI 2014–15 82 47 28 7 101 3rd in Metropolitan 3 4 .429 Lost in First Round (WSH)
NYI 2015–16 82 45 27 10 100 4th in Metropolitan 5 6 .455 Lost in Second Round (TB)
NYI Total 441 210 175 56 .540 10 14 .417 0 Stanley Cups

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-Hockey East Second Team 1986–87 [4]
All-Hockey East First Team 1987–88 [4]
AHCA East First-Team All-American 1987–88 [5]
Hockey East All-Tournament Team 1988 [6]
  • Holds Maine Black Bears record for career goals by a defenseman (32, 1985–88)
  • IHL Second All-Star Team (1990–91)
  • Coached Team USA/World in 1998 ECHL All-Star Game


  1. ^ "Jack Capuano Named Interim Head Coach of the Islanders". NewYorkIslanders.com. November 15, 2010. Retrieved November 15, 2010. 
  2. ^ Kimelman, Adam (November 15, 2010). "Struggling Islanders dismiss Gordon as coach". NHL.com. 
  3. ^ "Capuano Named Islanders Head Coach". NewYorkIslanders.com. April 12, 2011. Retrieved April 12, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Hockey East All-Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Men's Ice Hockey Award Winners" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  6. ^ "2013-14 Hockey East Media Guide". Hockey East. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Scott Gordon
Head coach of the New York Islanders