Former IceDogs Star Settles in Sweden
Luca Caputi only played one season in Niagara, but his impact had a lasting effect on the local IceDogs fans. He was part of the city’s 2007-08 inaugural season and Caputi’s 51 goals and 111 points are still franchise records.
“It was a great ovation. I was pretty impressed, but also pretty nervous,” Caputi said when he was recognized during a pregame ceremony three years later.
Since leaving Niagara, Caputi’s journey has taken him from the NHL to Sweden and several stops in between. He’s played in 35 NHL games (Pittsburgh & Toronto), but hasn’t appeared since 2011.
After playing in the minors, the 26-year old is currently in a Swedish professional league for a second season. It’s an opportunity Caputi chronicles through his Twitter account, as he keeps friends, family and fans up to date.
The IceDogs will always be special to Caputi, as he played four years for the franchise which moved from Mississauga to Niagara in his final OHL season.
And the feeling is mutual as witnessed during Caputi’s return to a 2011 IceDogs playoff game.
“It just brings back memories,” he told Jeff Blay of the IceDogs media relations department.
It was a season that featured Caputi as a second team All-Star after he finished fourth in the OHL in scoring.
More memories now return as Caputi’s game worn jersey from that inaugural season is on the market.
This gamer has Caputi’s alternate Captain’s “A” patch and is part of the IceDogs collection featured in the GAMEWORNAUCTIONS.NET Fall 2014 Auction.
— Luca Caputi (@Lputi17) October 17, 2014