Ontario Hockey League grad Luca Caputi has hung up the blades and will return to the OHL in a coaching capacity. After spending the past two seasons in Sweden’s Allsvenskan, Caputi joins an all-OHL alumni cast behind the bench of the Guelph Storm, as an assistant coach.
Caputi played four years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2004-05 to 2007-08, his first three with the Mississauga IceDogs and his last with the Niagara IceDogs. At the 2004 OHL Priority Selection, Mississauga took him in the second round, 37th overall. Over his four years, Luca scored 86 and assisted on 99 for 185 points over 66 games. He appeared in just 15 playoff games, adding 20 points.
His final year was definitely a breakout year for Caputi. With Niagara, he scored 51 and assisted on 60 for 111 points over 66 regular season games. Luca finished third in the OHL for goals, ten behind leader Brett MacLean of the Oshawa Generals and seven behind Steven Stamkos of the Sarnia Sting. The were the only three 50 goal scorers in the league for 2007-08.
In the race for the Eddie Powers Trophy, Caputi finished fourth behind Justin Azevedo of the Kitchener Rangers, Brett MacLean and John Tavares of the Generals. Luca was named an OHL Second Team All-Star left winger with the First Team honours going to MacLean.
In the 2007-08 playoffs, Caputi added 17 points in ten games. The IceDogs fell in the second round to none other than MacLean, Tavares and the Oshawa Generals. Luca joined the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins in the AHL in time to play 19 Calder Cup playoff games. The Penguins reached the finals before falling in six to the Chicago Wolves. Caputi added eight points in his first pro action.
Back at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, the Pittsburgh Penguins selected Luca in the fourth round, 111th overall. Since 2008-09, he has played in the NHL, AHL, ECHL and the Allsvenskan. In the NHL, Caputi appeared in 35 games, adding nine points, with the Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs between 2008-09 and 2010-11.
Luca’s past two seasons were played in Sweden’s tier 2 Allsvenskan. In 2013-14, he played for VIK Vasteras HK. This past season, he played for IK Oskarshamn.
For 2015-16, Bill Stewart moved up to the head coach position for the Storm. Since 2012-13, he served as an assistant coach. Stewart played in the OHL for three years from 1974-75 to 1976-77 with the Kitchener Rangers, St. Catherines Blackhawks and Niagara Falls Flyers. In the National Hockey League, Bill played 260 games between 1977-78 and 1985-86 with the Buffalo Sabres, St. Louis Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs and Minnesota North Stars.
Stewart coached the Oshawa Generals for the 1996-97 season. He was also head coach of the Barrie Colts in 1999-00. Both those teams won OHL championships. It will be interesting to see if he can go three for three this year with Guelph.
Todd Harvey enters his third year as assistant coach with the Storm. Harvey played three years in the OHL from 1992-93 to 1994-95 with the Detroit Junior Red Wings after the Detroit Compuware Ambassadors took him first overall in 1991.
Todd played 671 regular season games in the NHL from 1994-95 to 2005-06 with the Dallas Stars, New York Rangers, San Jose Sharks and Edmonton Oilers. He also appeared in an impressive 68 Stanley Cup playoff games.
|2009-10||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||19||1||5||6||10|
|2010-11||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||7||0||0||0||4|
|2012-13||Fort Wayne Komets||ECHL||15||6||8||14||17|