Jack Capuano, a former University of Maine hockey player, has been fired as head coach of the New York Islanders, the team announced Tuesday afternoon on its Twitter page.

According to a report posted on the team’s website, Assistant General Manager Doug Weight will be the Islanders’ interim head coach.

The Islanders, whose general manager is former Black Bears goaltender Garth Snow, are in last place in the Metropolitan Division with a 17-17-8 record.

“The New York Islanders would like to thank Jack for his tireless work throughout his seven seasons with the organization as head coach,” Snow said in the report. ” 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.”

The 50-year-old Capuano had compiled 227 victories in his time behind the bench with the Islanders. He had led the team to consecutive 100-point seasons the last two years before New York began to struggle this season.

“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.”

Capuano played at UMaine in the mid-1980s as a defensemen, and still holds the program record among blue liners for goals in a season (32) during 1987-1988.

He subsequently spent four seasons in the systems of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Islanders, Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks, playing in six National Hockey League games.

Capuano’s son Anthony graduated from Bangor High School, where he played baseball, hockey and football. He played baseball for one season (2015) at the University of Southern Maine, before enrolling at the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland.

Report: Hutton out 3-6 weeks

Former UMaine defenseman Ben Hutton, who had been having a solid season for the Vancouver Canucks, will miss up to six weeks with a fracture in his hand, according to a SportsNet Canada report.

Hutton suffered the injury while blocking a shot in a game against the Calgary Flames on Jan. 6, according to the report.

Hutton, who spent three years at UMaine, has not played in Vancouver’s last four games since the injury, the report said.

Hutton has tallied four goals and seven assists for the Canucks in 41 games so far this season.

Hutton, in his second full season with Vancouver, was given a two-year contract extension by the team last November.

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