Guelph Storm

Former NHLer Luca Caputi turns to coaching

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Former Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Luca Caputi has turned to coaching.

Caputi, who appeared in 35 NHL games with the Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs, has been named an assistant coach with the Ontario Hockey League’s Guelph Storm.

“Its been an unbelievable seven year ride playing pro hockey. The experiences, friendships, and support from everyone involved has been amazing,” Caputi said via Twitter. “I’ve been blessed to play the game I love for so long. Just want to thank everyone who has supported me over the years. Its been unreal.

“That being said I’m very humbled, fortunate, and excited to begin my coaching career with a very respected, successful and professional organization in (Guelph). I can’t wait to start this new path in the game I love.”

The 26-year-old was originally a fourth-round pick of the Pens (111th overall) in 2007.

He scored three goals and six assists to go along with 20 penalty minutes split between the Penguins and Leafs.

Caputi spent last season with Oskarshamn IK in Sweden’s first division.