New York Islanders President and General Manager Garth Snow announced today that Jack Capuano has been relieved of his duties as Head Coach. Assistant General Manager Doug Weight has been named Interim Head Coach.
"The New York Islanders would like to thank Jack for his tireless work throughout his seven seasons with the organization as Head Coach," Snow said. "His leadership guided the team to the playoffs in three of the past four years, which included two straight 100-point seasons. He is a great coach and an even better person. We wish him nothing but the best moving forward."
Capuano ranks second on the Islanders all-time list in both games coached (482) and wins (227), behind legendary Hall of Fame coach, Al Arbour (1,500 coached, 740 wins). With a record of 227-191-64, Capuano was the NHL's fourth-longest tenured coach, behind Claude Julien, Joel Quenneville and Dave Tippett.
"It's an honor to have served this historic franchise and its passionate fans," Capuano said. "I'd like to thank Garth and our ownership group for the opportunity to be the Head Coach of the Islanders. I'd also like to recognize our coaching staff, training staff and players for all of their hard work."
Jack Capuano was named Interim Head Coach on November 15, 2010. The Islanders removed the "interim" label from Capuano's title on April 12, 2011.
Last season, Capuano led the Islanders to their second-consecutive 100-point campaign, as the Islanders reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the third time during Capuano's tenure. He was selected as an Assistant Coach for Team USA at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
Capuano first joined the Islanders in 2005-06 as an Assistant Coach. The native of Cranston, RI, was named Head Coach of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League on April 30, 2007, where he finished with a 133-100-8-14 record in four seasons.