Capuano Hopes To Stabilize Bridgeport

By Lindsay Kramer
NHL.com Correspondent

Another sure sign that the off-season is approaching: Bridgeport has a new coach.

Jack Capuano, who had been an assistant with the Sound Tigers this season, was appointed to that position earlier this week. His first assignment is a doozey — try to bring some stability to a team that has its fourth bench boss in as many seasons.

“It’s not really a concern for me. I don’t know what happened in the past,’’ he said. “Hopefully, I can change that trend a little bit, to stay there and develop these guys. They’ll get the best out of me. In this profession, there’s not a whole lot of stability. I’m grateful they’ve given me this responsibility.’’

Capuano replaced Dan Marshall, who was preceded by Dave Baseggio and Greg Cronin before him.

Capuano, 40, would seem to have the background to handle a wide range of challenges. He came to the Sound Tigers last season after serving one year as an assistant coach with the Islanders. Prior to joining the Islanders, Capuano was the head coach of the 2005 U.S. Under-18 Select Team at the Five Nations Cup in Slovakia.

From 1997 to 2005, he was with the Pee Dee Pride of the ECHL. As general manager and head coach, Capuano led the Pride to a record of 312-206-52. In 1998-99, Capuano coached Pee Dee to a regular season record of 51-14-4 and to the ECHL final.

“All players have a different personality. If there’s one thing I picked up along the way, its communication,’’ he said. “I’m a fair guy, but I’m firm. I’ve been in this game awhile. The philosophy I have isn’t going to change much. The culture we want to create is about professionalism, accountability.’’