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Paul Caponigri
Paul  Caponigri

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Oak Park, Ill.

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 185

Position:
Forward

Major:
Communications

Quoting Caponigri
?I am excited for this season. I expect us to make a run at the CCHA title as well as the NCAA championship.?

Took classes during his last year of junior hockey in Omaha, Neb., and is on pace to graduate early from Ohio State ? describes his game: ?I try to use my hockey sense and puck skills to be a good offensive and defensive player.? ? favorite player is Peter Forsberg because ?he is the total package ? physical and skilled.? ? hockey superstition includes always putting the left skate on first ? hometown of Oak Park, Ill., a town of about 60,000, is about a 10-minute drive from Chicago and is the home of the Frank Lloyd Wright architecture museum ? Favorites: Book ? ?Catcher in the Rye?; Music ? Dave Matthews Band; Movie ? ?Meet the Parents?; Television Show ? ?Seinfeld?; Actress ? Cameron Diaz; Actor ? Robert DeNiro; Teams ? Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls and White Sox.

Ohio State Career
One of only two Buckeyes to post 30 or more points in each of the last three seasons ? enters the 2003-04 season just seven points shy of the 100-point mark ? leads all OSU returnees with a career plus/minus of +27 ? tied for seventh in Ohio State history with 11 postseason points and tied for eighth with eight assists in the postseason. 2002-03 (Junior Season) Hit the 30-point mark for the third time in his career, finishing third on the team with a career-best 32 points ... ranked third in assists with career-best 22 and tied for third with 10 goals ? posted two assists in win over Notre Dame in the CCHA quarterfinals, including the primary helper on the gamewinner ... assisted on Umberger?s gamewinner vs. UNO March 15 in the first round of the CCHA playoffs ... had two assists at Miami Feb. 15 ... scored in each game at Notre Dame (Jan. 31-Feb. 1) ... had 10 shots against Findlay Jan. 7, scoring a goal on the power play ... followed that with a three-point (1-2) and nine-shot performance in the first game against BGSU Jan. 16; had an assist in the finale vs. the Falcons for a four-point weekend ... named CCHA Offensive Player of the Week following five-point performance against Michigan State (Nov. 15-16); had a career-best two goals and four points in the opener and a shorthanded goal, a career first, in the finale ... first goal of the year came on the road at LSSU Nov. 8 during the power play ... had two assists Oct. 27 vs. Clarkson and Dec. 7 against Miami and a goal and an assist Dec. 13 vs. UNO ... had career-high 11 shots vs. UAF Feb. 21 ... just nine minus ratings on the year ... received a fighting major in the second game at FSU and was suspended for the first Miami game ? second on the squad with 17 Perani Cup points ? the team was 17-2-3 when he posted a point and 11-0-1 when he had a positive plus/minus ? second on the team with 27 penalties and 73 PIM. 2001-02 (Sophomore Season) Scored one of the most memorable goals of the 2001-02 season, tying the CCHA semifinal game against Alaska Fairbanks with just over three minutes remaining ... tied for second on the team in scoring with 30 points in 38 games ? third in both goals (13) and assists (17) ? led the squad with a +15 rating ? scored two goals and added an assist in the playoffs ? tied the game against UAF in the third period and opened the scoring in the first playoff game at Western Michigan ... assisted on May?s goal against Michigan in the CCHA semifinals ? scored a power-play goal against the Wolverines Feb. 23 ... had a season-high three-point game vs. Ferris State Feb. 16; scored two goals in the last two minutes of the first period vs. the Bulldogs to tie the game ... had points in eight of the last 12 games and in 16 of the last 22 ... scored a goal and was +3 in the Feb. 2 game vs. Michigan State ... recorded 50th career point vs. Michigan State Jan. 26 on an assist ... had two assists, including the primary on the gamewinner, vs. Yale (Jan. 18) ... earned CCHA Offensive Player of the Week and USCHO National Offensive Player of the Week honors Jan. 7 after four-point performance at Western Michigan Jan. 4-5; had the game-winning goal in both games vs. the Broncos, including the overtime winner in the series finale ... also was +4 against the Broncos ... even or better in 25 of the last 27 games, including the last 14 consecutive ... had two +3 ratings ... tallied two power-play goals, including the game-winner, in the finale vs. Wayne State and recorded two assists in the first game vs. the Warriors for a four-point weekend ... scored a goal in the season opener against Notre Dame ... had two assists in the OT win at Miami Dec. 1 ... second on the team with 22 points at even strength ? Buckeye Sports Bulletin Icer of the Month for January. 2000-01 (Freshman Season) Ranked fourth on the squad with 31 points and 13 goals and tied for third with 18 assists in 35 games ? tied an Ohio State postseason record with a career-high three assists in the first playoff game at Nebraska-Omaha (March 9) ? had two goals in the final game of the season, a double-overtime loss to the Mavericks; scored with 1:05 remaining in regulation to tie the game at three and send it to overtime ? led the Buckeyes with five total points in three playoff games ? had four three-point and six two-point games ? first career three-point game, as well as first two-goal performance, came at Ferris State (Dec. 1) ? also had three points, on two goals and an assist, in the first game at Notre Dame (Jan. 19) and in the last game vs. the Irish (Feb. 3) ? posted eight total points against the Irish in four games ? scored first two collegiate points (0-2) in upset win over then-No. 7 Maine (Oct. 27) ? scored first career goal against Lake Superior State Nov. 10 ? had two power-play scores at Ferris State Dec. 1 and vs. Notre Dame Feb. 3 ? second on the team with a 19.7 percent shooting percentage (13 goals/66 shots) ? after being held scoreless in the first three games of the season, posted at least one point in 11 of the next 14 games ? fourth-highest scorer among CCHA rookies.

Prior To Ohio State
Played for the Omaha Lancers (USHL) from 1997-00 ? coached by Mike Hastings ? posted 28-33-61 totals to lead the team in his last season ? first in Lancer history in games played (157) ? won a national championship with Team Illinois in 1997 ? graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School in 1997.

Off The Ice
Born April 11, 1979 in Oak Park, Ill. ? son of Larry and Linda Caponigri ? has a brother, Tony (20), a student at Marquette, and a sister, Tina (26) ? hobbies include golf, listening to Dave Matthews Band and watching movies ? communications major ? after his hockey career is over, would like to do commentary on radio or television for hockey and other sports ? nickname is Cappy.

Career Overall Statistics
Season    GP    G    A    P   P-PIM   PP   SH  GW  +/-
2000-01   35   13   18   31   20-56    6   0   2   +5
2001-02   38   13   17   30   19-46    3   0   3   +15
2002-03   42   10   22   32   27-73    2   1   1   +7
Totals   115   36   57   93   66-175  11   1   6   +27

Career CCHA Statistics Season GP G A P P-PIM PP SH GW +/- 2000-01 27 9 11 20 17-50 5 0 2 -1 2001-02 27 9 11 20 11-22 1 0 2 +11 2002-03 27 9 15 24 21-61 1 1 1 +8 Totals 81 27 37 64 49-133 7 1 5 +18