By ALEX SPONSELLER Warwick native and Cranston resident Dave Capuano is set to be inducted into the Rhode Island Hockey Hall of Fame later this month as a member of the 2020 class. Capuano played high school hockey for Mount St. Charles and was named
By ALEX SPONSELLER Warwick native and Cranston resident Dave Capuano is set to be inducted into the Rhode Island Hockey Hall of Fame later this month as a member of the 2020 class.
Capuano played high school hockey for Mount St. Charles and was named All-State twice. He would then play for Division I University of Maine where he was a two-time All-American and a two-time Hobey Baker Award finalist, which is awarded to the country’s top player.
Capuano is still UMaine’s all-time leading scorer in both goals and points and is second in assists in the program’s history.
He then would go on to play professionally, making five stops across the NHL and wrapping things up after the 1993-94 season. He has since been inducted into both the Mount St. Charles and UMaine Athletic Halls of Fame.
Now, he will be heading to his third ring of honor, joining an impressive list of locals which also includes his brother, Jack, who is a member of the RI Hockey Hall of Fame.
“It’s quite an honor. When you start playing hockey, this isn’t one of your goals. It’s just incredible to join some of the names that are in there now and those that I’m sure will be there in the future. When the committee selects your name, it feels good, it’s an accomplishment,” said Capuano, who is excited to be able to share the moment with his family. “To be able to share that with Jack and my parents, it’s a really neat thing. It’s humbling on the same token, too. I got my shirt, got my plaque, so it’s pretty cool to know that you and your brother are going to be entrenched in that forever.”
The ceremony will be held on Saturday, Aug. 28 at 10 p.m. and will be broadcasted on WSBE TV36 as well as YouTube. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the ceremony will be totally virtual.
Although Capuano is disappointed to not be able to have all of his family and friends present, he appreciates the work that the committee and Chairman Vin Cimini have put into making it available.
“It’s a really cool event to have with those people that you grew up with. The local guys that spent a lot of time coaching over at CLCF and Edgewood. I wish that they could be there, but it is what it is. Vin Cimini and the committee have done a great job of getting it out there and have worked very hard. It’s nice that it will be receiving coverage,” said Capuano.
He is also excited to be enshrined alongside some great company, including some old friends in the hockey community.
“Garth Snow, he went to Mount Saint Charles and then to Maine, so we went down many of the same paths, which makes it special to be inducted with him. Paul Guay, his father, They were an intricate family in Mount St. Charles. It’s a great honor,” said Capuano.