Louie Caporusso
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Caporusso wins a faceoff.
Born June 21 1989 (1989-06-21) (age 30),
Toronto, ON, CAN
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Ottawa Senators
Binghamton Senators (AHL)
NHL Draft 90th overall, 2007
Ottawa Senators
Playing career 2011–present

Louie Caporusso (born June 21, 1989) is a Canadian ice hockey player. He is currently playing for the Binghamton Senators of the American Hockey League (AHL).[1] Caporusso was drafted by the Ottawa Senators him in the 3rd round (90th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Caporusso played from 2007 to 2011 with the University of Michigan Wolverines team. During the 2008–09 Michigan Wolverines men's ice hockey season, he was named to the All-Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) first team.[2] He was also named first-team AHCA/Reebok Division I Ice Hockey All-American.[3] He led the nation in goals scored for most of the 2008–09 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season. During the 2009–10 Michigan Wolverines men's ice hockey season, he was named to the CCHA All-tournament team as he led the team to the championship. Prior to his time at the University of Michigan, he excelled in junior hockey in Ontario, Canada, which earned him a position as a draftee by the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League before entering college. After finishing his senior season, Caporusso signed with the Senators on May 30, 2011.

Career Edit

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Caporusso vs. Western Michigan (2008-11-15)

Junior hockey Edit

During the 2004–05 season, he played in the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL) for the Toronto Red Wings, recording 70 points including 41 goals in 56 games. The 70-point total made him the GTHL point leader for the season.[4]

After his league leading performance, he was drafted by the Toronto St. Michael's Majors of the Ontario Hockey League with the seventh selection of the tenth round,[5] but instead of playing for them, he spent the following two seasons playing in the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OPJHL) for the St. Michael's Buzzers.[4][6] During the 2005–06 season, he led the OPJHL in scoring with 73 points in 48 games and led the team to the OPJHL championship.[4] Caporusso scored 50 points in 37 games during the 2006–07 season, but the team lost in the finals.[4] Following the season, he was drafted with the 90th selection overall in the third round by the Ottawa Senators in the June 22, 2007 NHL Entry Draft.[7][8]

As a junior player, he earned a variety of all-star selections. He participated in the 2006 Canadian Junior Hockey League Top Prospects Game, earning Team East MVP honors.[9] In addition, he was selected for the 2007 Ontario Hockey Association Top Prospect Team and the 2007 OPJHL All-Star team.[6] He was also a silver medalist for Team Canada East at the 2006 World Junior A Challenge where he was selected to tournament's all-star team.[6]

College hockey Edit

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Caporusso (left) next to Bryan Hogan

Caporusso, is described as a left-handed shooting forward by some sources,[6][7] and he is described as either a left wing or a center by others.[10][11] However, the Ann Arbor Press described him as a center.[12] The Ottawa Senators have him listed as a centre.[13]

As a freshman at Michigan, he scored 21 points, including 12 goals, in 33 games.[7] That season he missed eight games due to a leg injury.[6] As a sophomore during the 2008–09 season, Caporusso was one of ten finalists for the Hobey Baker Award.[14] During the season, he scored 49 points in 41 games.[7] He was also named to the All-Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) first-team and AHCA/Reebok Division I Ice Hockey All-American first-team along with team mate Aaron Palushaj.[2][3] In addition, he was selected to the CCHA All-Conference tournament team.[10] One of the highlights of the season occurred when he scored the first three goals of the game in the first period (the first two within 24 seconds of each other) for the natural hat trick against Michigan Tech on December 27, 2008.[15] During the first half of the season, he led the nation in goals scored.[12][16][17][18][19] He played a different scoring role during the final nine regular season games, as the team went 8–1 and he scored two goals and posted 14 assists.[12] Caporusso was named the team MVP at the end of the season.[20]

In Caporusso's junior season, he posted 21 goals and 22 assists.[21] Michigan began the season ranked number five in the nation, but Caporusso only scored one goal in his first ten games and had no multigoal games until well into February.[22] Michigan entered the CCHA playoffs with a 19–17–1 record and was on the verge of breaking the team's nineteen consecutive year streak of qualifying for the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship. However, the team won six consecutive games in the conference championship tournament to earn the automatic invitation.[23] Caporusso scored both goals in the final 2–1 victory of the tournament and was named to the All-Tournament team.[24] He also scored in the second period of the first game of the tournament to give Michigan a 2–0 lead.[25][26] However, Michigan lost in the quarterfinal round in double overtime to the CCHA regular season champion Miami Redhawks.[27][28]

As a senior, he served as captain of the team.[29] The 2010–11 Michigan Wolverines men's ice hockey team was the 2001–11 CCHA regular season champions.[30] Subsequently, the team finished as runner-up in the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.[31][32] Caporusso finished second on the team in scoring for the third consecutive season.[33]

Professional careerEdit

Caporusso signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Senators on May 30, 2011. He was expected to join the Binghamton Senators to begin his professional career.[34] On October 14, 2011, Caporusso was reassigned to the Elmira Jackals of the ECHL.[35]

Personal Edit

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Caporusso is from Woodbridge, Ontario.[14] At the University of Michigan, Caporusso was enrolled in the School of Kinesiology and performed public service by visiting the U-M Mott Children’s Hospital.[14] Caporusso is a 2007 graduate of the St. Michaels College School in Toronto.[6]

Career statistics Edit

Regular season and playoffs Edit

    Regular Season   Playoffs
SeasonTeamLeague GPGAPtsPIM GPGAPtsPIM
2004–05 Toronto Red Wings Min. Midget GTHL 53 38 28 66 28  —  —  —  —  —
2005–06 St. Michael's Buzzers Jr.A. OPJHL 48 29 44 73 44 25 8 10 18 16
2006–07 St. Michael's Buzzers Jr.A. OPJHL 37 23 27 50 45 20 14 19 33 14
2007–08 Michigan Wolverines CCHA 33 12 9 21 18  —  —  —  —  —
2008–09 Michigan Wolverines CCHA 41 24 25 49 30  —  —  —  —  —
2009–10 Michigan Wolverines CCHA 45 21 22 43 26  —  —  —  —  —
CCHA Totals 119 57 56 113 74  —  —  —  —  —

  • All statistics taken from[36]

References Edit

  1. Senators reduce training camp roster by 20 players - Ottawa Senators - News
  2. 2.0 2.1 Michigan lands Louie Caporusso and Aaron Palushaj on All-CCHA first team. (2009-03-11). Retrieved on 2009-05-18.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Men's Reebok Division I Ice Hockey All-Americans Announced. American Hockey Coaches Association (2009-04-10). Retrieved on 2009-05-19.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Louie Caporusso. Hockey's Future. CraveOnline Media, LLC. (2009-03-06). Retrieved on 2009-05-18.
  5. Team-By-Team Selections. Columbus Dispatch (2007-06-24). Retrieved on 2009-05-19.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Louie Caporusso. M Go Blue. Regents of the University of Michigan & IMG College. Archived from the original on May 16, 2008. Retrieved on 2009-05-18.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Louie Caporusso. Retrieved on 2009-05-19.
  8. Erie Otters. Erie Times-News (2005-05-08). Retrieved on 2009-05-19.
  9. West Prospects beat East. Kelowna Capital News (2006-12-17). Retrieved on 2009-05-19.
  10. 10.0 10.1 C/LW - Louie Caporusso. Hockey News. Retrieved on 2009-05-19.
  11. Louie Caporusso # - C/LW. The Sports Network. CTVglobemedia. Retrieved on 2009-05-20.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Ryan, Kevin (2009-04-01). Center greatly influenced U-M's odds of winning. Ann Arbor News. Retrieved on 2009-05-19.
  13. Louie Caporusso. NHL Enterprises, L.P.. Retrieved on 2009-05-20.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Hobey Baker Award Announces Top Ten Finalists. (2009-03-19). Retrieved on 2009-05-19.
  15. Goricki, David (2008-12-28). Caporusso hat trick lifts U-M. Detroit News. Retrieved on 2009-05-19.
  16. Sipple, George (2008-12-05). Sophomore Steps Up For U-M - Caporusso Tied For NCAA Goals Lead. Detroit Free Press. Retrieved on 2009-05-19.
  17. Ryan, Kevin (2008-12-28). No rust evident - Caporusso leads well-rested Wolverines in GLI opener. Ann Arbor News. Retrieved on 2009-05-19.
  18. Ryan, Kevin (2009-01-16). Michigan icers share offensive wealth. Ann Arbor News. Retrieved on 2009-05-19.
  19. Ryan, Kevin (2009-02-07). Wolverines beat Lake Superior St. - Rust scores big goal, Caporusso nets 2 in 6-2 victory. Ann Arbor News. Retrieved on 2009-05-19.
  20. Metro & State Sports Briefs. Detroit Free Press (2009-04-05). Retrieved on 2009-05-19.
  21. 2009-10 Michigan Ice Hockey: Michigan Combined Team Statistics (as of Mar 29, 2010). CBS Interactive (2010-03-29). Retrieved on 2010-05-04.
  22. Rothstein, Michael (2010-03-26). Forward Louie Caporusso's up-and-down season mirrors Michigan hockey team. Retrieved on 2010-05-04.
  23. Rohan, Tim (2010-03-21). Blue extends record NCAA Tournament streak, will face Bemidji State in first round in Fort Wayne. Michigan Daily. Retrieved on 2010-05-04.
  24. News - Wolverines Capture Mason Cup. CCHA (2010-03-20). Retrieved on 2010-05-04.
  25. Michigan 5, Bemidji St. 1. ESPN (2010-03-27). Retrieved on 2010-05-04.
  26. Oehser, John (2010-03-27). Michigan Overpowers Bemidji State 5-1 in NCAA First Round: Michigan will play against No. 1 seed Miami (Ohio) on Sunday.. Retrieved on 2010-05-04.
  27. Michigan 2, Miami (OH) 3. ESPN (2010-03-28). Retrieved on 2010-05-04.
  28. Oehser, John (2010-03-29). Redhawks Withstand Wolverines 3-2, in 2OT Thriller: Miami (Ohio) moves on to the Frozen Four to meet Boston College on Thursday.. Retrieved on 2010-05-04.
  29. Brandon Burlon signs with New Jersey Devils, leaves Michigan hockey program. (2011-05-31). Retrieved on 2011-06-03.
  30. 2010-11 Season. Central Collegiate Hockey Association. Retrieved on 2011-06-03.
  31. Minnesota Duluth 3, Michigan 2. ESPN (2011-04-09). Retrieved on 2011-04-10.
  32. Duluth edges Michigan in OT for title. ESPN (2011-04-09). Retrieved on 2011-04-10.
  33. Caporusso signs entry-level deal with Senators. WJRT-TV (=2011-05-30). Retrieved on 2011-06-03.
  34. Caporusso Inks Deal with NHL's Ottawa Senators. M Go Blue. CBS Interactive (2011-05-31). Retrieved on 2011-06-03.
  35. B-SENS REASSIGN FORWARD LOUIE CAPORUSSO TO ELMIRA JACKALS (ECHL). Binghamton Senators (2011-10-14). Retrieved on 2011-10-27.
  36. (2009). Loui Caporusso's NHL Profile. Retrieved on 2009-05-24.

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