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1984 NHL DRAFT PICK
Jack Capuano
Selected in fifth round
No. 88 overall by Toronto Maple Leafs

Born July 7, 1966
Position: Defense
Height: 6-2   Weight: 210
BEFORE THE DRAFT
Last Team: Kent School (Connecticut H.S.)        
Birthplace: Cranston, Rhode Island (USA)
Hometown: Cranston, Rhode Island
PRE-DRAFT STATISTICS
Year TeamLeague GPG ATP PIM
1983-84 Kent SchoolConn. H.S. 2510 818 20

PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
Miscellaneous:
Grew up in Rhode Island, where his family owned a prominent waste management company.
NHL CAREER
Debut: October 11, 1989 (Buffalo at Toronto)
Numbers:  26 (Toronto); 24 (Vancouver); 23 (Boston)
Stanley Cup: Never won.  Playing Status: Retired 1992
CAREER NHL STATISTICS
Years TeamsGP GA TPPIM
1989-1992 Toronto, Vancouver, Boston 60 00 0

NHL AWARDS AND HONORS
Miscellaneous:
Made Toronto roster out of training camp in 1989 because Tom Kurvers was holding out in a contract dispute. When Kurvers ended his holdout on Oct. 19, 1989, Capuano was sent down to Newmarket (AHL). ... Traded to N.Y. Islanders while playing in AHL on Dec. 20, 1989. He spent the next two and a half months with N.Y. Islanders affiliate in Springfield (AHL) before being traded to Vancouver in exchange for Jeff Rohlicek on March 6, 1990. ... Teamed with his younger brother Dave in becoming the first brother combination to play for Vancouver Canucks in the same game when he was recalled from Milwaukee (IHL) for Vancouver's Oct. 21, 1990, game at Quebec. ... Signed with Boston as an unrestricted free agent on Aug. 1, 1991.
NON-NHL CAREER
Post-Draft Teams: Maine (HE); Newmarket, Springfield (AHL); Milwaukee (IHL); Maine (AHL)
NON-NHL AWARDS AND HONORS
IHL All-Star Second Team:
1990-91 (Milwaukee)
NCAA East All-America First Team: 1987-88 (Maine)
Hockey East All-Star First Team: 1987-88 (Maine)
Hockey East All-Star Second Team: 1986-87 (Maine)
Hockey East Tournament All-Star First Team: 1988 (Maine)
ECHL All-Star Game: 1998 (Pee Dee) (co-coach)
Maine Tri-Captain: 1986-87
Maine Quad-Captain: 1987-88
Maine Records: Most career goals by a defenseman (32, shares record)
1989-90: Played 14 regular-season games for Springfield team that went on to win AHL playoff title, but was not with team in postseason.
1998-99: Coached ECHL regular-season champion (Pee Dee).
Coaching Career: Named Tallahassee (ECHL) assistant coach prior to 1995-96 season and remained in that position until Feb. 25, 1997. ... Named Knoxville (ECHL) head coach on Feb. 25, 1997, relocated with team to Florence, S.C., as team was renamed Pee Dee Pride prior to 1997-98 season, and remained in that position through 1998-99 season. ... Named himself Pee Dee (ECHL) interim head coach on Nov. 16, 2000, and remained in that position until Dec. 20, 2000.
Management Career: Named Knoxville (ECHL) director of hockey operations on Feb. 25, 1997, relocated with team to Florence, S.C., as team was renamed Pee Dee Pride prior to 1997-98 season, added title of assistant general manager in February 1998, and remained in that position through 1998-99 season. ... Named Pee Dee (ECHL) senior vice president and general manager prior to 1999-00 season and held that position until franchise suspended operations on April 13, 2005.
Miscellaneous: Did not play organized hockey in 1984-85 as he concentrated on his studies to qualify for college scholarship to Maine. ... Tied Maine single-season record (since broken) for goals by a defenseman with 13 in 1987-88. ... Left University of Maine after junior year to pursue pro hockey career in fall of 1988. ... Left Newmarket (AHL) in November 1989, demanding the Toronto organization trade him because he believed he belonged in NHL. Newmarket suspended him on Nov. 23, 1989, and he did not play hockey again until he was traded to the N.Y. Islanders organization one month later.  ...  Finished second in voting for 1997-98 ECHL Coach of Year Award after leading Pee Dee to a 34-25-11 record.
Personal: Full name is Jack C. Capuano Jr. ... Older brother of former NHL player Dave Capuano.
HOW HE GOT AWAY
TRADE: Toronto traded Capuano, Paul Gagne and Derek Laxdal to N.Y. Islanders in exchange for Mike Stevens and Gilles Thibaudeau on December 20, 1989.

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SNAPSHOT '84
Total Selected: 250
Forwards: 142
Defense: 88
Goaltenders: 20
Major Junior: 110
Tier II/Jr. B: 16/9
College Players: 23
High School: 47
Midget: 4
U.S. Junior B: 1
Canadian: 145
Euro-Canadian: 2
USA Citizens: 62
U.S.-Born: 63
European: 41
Reached NHL: 102
Stanley Cup: 20
Hall of Fame: 1
All-Star Game: 18
Year-end All-Star: 7
Olympians: 31
 
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