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Islanders fire Jack Capuano, appoint GM Doug Weight as interim coach

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:17:09 +0000

Fitzgerald Cecilio - 4E Sports Reporter

New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) - The New York Islanders have fired coach Jack Capuano after the team dropped to 17-17-8, last in the Eastern Conference.

The Islanders also appointed assistant general manager Doug Weight as 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," general manager Garth Snow said in a statement.

"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," he added.

The 50-year-old Capuano went 227-191-64 in his seven years with the Islanders. He ranks second in victories behind Hall of Famer Al Arbour (740 wins).

Capuano also guided the Islanders to the postseason on three occasions. Last season, they advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"It's an honor to have served this historic franchise and its passionate fans," Capuano said in a statement. "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," he added.

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