His brother Jack also played in the NHL and his cousin Dean was drafted by Boston in 1990, but Dave managed only one full season and four part-seasons in the NHL before moving on.
Selected by Pittsburgh in 1986, he was traded four times in as many years but spent most of his time in the minors after being drafted right out of high school and playing for the USA on the fourth place World Junior team in 1987.
Capuano attended the University of Maine and was twice a Hobey Baker finalist, but early promise led only to later disappointment for the NHL teams who acquired him--Pittsburgh, Vancouver, Tampa, San Jose, and Boston. The lone exception was the hero's night of February 21, 1991 when he had four assists in a single game.
Beyond that, he played mostly in the minors from 1989 to 94, the year he played his final four NHL games, with San Jose, before retiring.