Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dave Capuano
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.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1984-85 Mount St. Charles Mounties High-RI 22 41 38 79 18
1985-86 Mount St. Charles Mounties High-RI 22 39 48 87 20
1986-87 University of Maine H-East 38 18 41 59 14
1986-87 United States WJC-A 7 1 1 2 2
1987-88 University of Maine H-East 42 34 51 85 51
1988-89 University of Maine H-East 41 37 30 67 38
1989-90 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 6 0 0 0 2 0
1989-90 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 27 15 15 30 22
1989-90 Vancouver Canucks NHL 27 3 5 8 10 -7
1989-90 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 2 0 4 4 0 6 1 5 6 0
1990-91 Vancouver Canucks NHL 61 13 31 44 42 +1 6 1 1 2 5
1991-92 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 9 2 6 8 8
1992-93 Hamilton Canucks AHL 4 0 1 1 0
1992-93 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 6 1 1 2 2 -4
1992-93 Atlanta Knights IHL 58 19 40 59 50 8 2 2 4 9
1993-94 San Jose Sharks NHL 4 0 1 1 0 -5
1993-94 Providence Bruins AHL 51 24 29 53 64
NHL Totals 104 17 38 55 56 6 1 1 2 5


Brother of Jack
Hockey East First All-Star Team (1988, 1989)
NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (1988)
Traded to Vancouver by Pittsburgh with Andrew McBain and Dan Quinn for Rod Buskas, Barry Pederson and Tony Tanti, January 8, 1990.
Missed majority of 1991-92 due to knee injury originally vs. Minnesota, November 27, 1990. Traded to Tampa Bay by Vancouver with Vancouver's 4th round choice (later traded to New Jersey - later traded to Calgary - Calgary selected Ryan Duthie) in 1994 Entry Draft for Anatoli Semenov, November 3, 1992. Traded to San Jose by Tampa Bay for Peter Ahola, June 19, 1993. Traded to Boston by San Jose for cash, November 5, 1993.