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|1984 NHL DRAFT PICK|
Selected in fifth
No. 88 overall by Toronto Maple Leafs
July 7, 1966
Height: 6-2 Weight: 210
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Kent School (Connecticut H.S.)
Cranston, Rhode Island (USA)
Hometown: Cranston, Rhode Island
||Kent School||Conn. H.S.
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
Grew up in Rhode Island, where his family owned a prominent waste management
| Debut: October 11, 1989 (Buffalo at Toronto)|
26 (Toronto); 24
(Vancouver); 23 (Boston)
Stanley Cup: Never won.
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
||Toronto, Vancouver, Boston
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.
Maine (HE); Newmarket, Springfield (AHL); Milwaukee (IHL); Maine (AHL)|
AWARDS AND HONORS
IHL All-Star Second Team: 1990-91
NCAA East All-America First Team:
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)
Maine Quad-Captain: 1987-88
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.
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|
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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