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Jack Capuano Officially Coach Of New York Islanders

Jack Capuano is no longer the "interim' coach of the New York Islanders. Now, he is their head coach. Period.

The Islanders have given the job to Capuano after he led them to a 26-29-10 record after taking over on Nov. 15. That included a 25-21-8 mark in their final 54 games and a 15-12-6 record after the All-Star Break.

Over at SB Nation's Islanders website, Lighthouse Hockey, the folks are delighted by the news. 'Lighthouse' termed the move "not a surprise, but surely a delight for many.'

Capuano was named the interim head coach of the Islanders on Nov. 15, 2010. Prior to Capuano's NHL head coaching debut, he served as the head coach of the Islanders' American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, for the past four seasons.

"I'm extremely excited to remain the head coach of the Islanders," Capuano said in a statement. "The organization has built a tremendous core of players here and I look forward to helping the Islanders become a consistent contender for years to come."

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