Former College of Maine All-America defenseman Jack Capuano has been named the top coach of the 2021 U.S. Males’s Nationwide Group that may compete Could 21-June 6 on the Worldwide Ice Hockey Federation Males’s World Championship in Riga, Latvia.
The World Championships contain one of the best obtainable gamers on the planet. Many aren’t obtainable as a result of they’re concerned within the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The 54-year-old Capuano, an affiliate coach with the Ottawa Senators, has a house in Bangor. He spent seven seasons as the top coach of the NHL’s New York Islanders and led them to 3 Stanley Cup playoff berths.
“Any time you get the chance to symbolize your nation, it’s an honor,” Capuano mentioned. “You’ll be able to’t go it up.”
Considered one of his assistants with Group USA is former Outdated City Excessive Faculty and UMaine assistant Nate Leaman, the top coach at Windfall Faculty. He guided the U.S. workforce to the gold medal this previous season on the World Junior Championships.
“We’re extraordinarily lucky to have an impressive teaching employees, led by Jack Capuano,” mentioned Chris Drury, common supervisor of the U.S. Males’s Nationwide Group. “Their involvement with USA Hockey in varied methods over the course of time and mixed worldwide expertise will likely be of nice profit as we head into the event.”
Capuano mentioned it has been a attempting yr within the NHL with the COVID-19 restrictions, the isolation ensuing from it and the 56-game schedule condensed into simply 4 months.
He speculated that a number of gamers, particularly veterans, could elect to relaxation up and spend time with their households reasonably than play within the World Championships. He expects to have a youthful roster and is worked up about it.
“I’m wanting ahead to working with our employees and younger gamers,” mentioned Capuano, who’s grateful to the Senators for permitting him to educate the workforce.
Capuano spent 9 years as a head coach within the ECHL and the AHL earlier than touchdown the top teaching job with the Islanders. In his seven seasons with New York, he compiled a 227-192-64 document however was fired through the 2016-17 season.
He spent two seasons because the affiliate coach with the Florida Panthers and is in his second yr with the Senators.
The Cranston, Rhode Island, native performed three seasons at UMaine and racked up 32 targets and 89 assists in 124 video games. He’s third amongst defenseman at UMaine in profession factors behind the late Andre Aubut (135) and Keith Carney (126). He’s thirty sixth amongst all scorers.
This would be the fourth time Capuano has been a coach for Group USA. He was an assistant on the 2017 IIHF Males’s World Championships and on the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. He was the top coach of the 2005 U.S. Beneath-18 Choose workforce on the 5 Nations Cup in Slovakia.
Capuano may very well be within the working for an additional head teaching job within the NHL. Former UMaine winger John Tortorella isn’t returning to Columbus and Rick Tocchet is out as the top coach of the Arizona Coyotes.
He mentioned he’s comfortable in Ottawa and likes the route of the youthful workforce regardless that they didn’t qualify for the playoffs.
However he’s thinking about getting one other likelihood to be a head coach within the NHL and can look into these jobs.
“They’re good alternatives. Any coach would look into them,” he mentioned.