This season Caponigri, a native of Oak Park, Ill., is first on the team with eight goals and ranks second in points with 11. In his Ohio State career, he has posted 44-60-104 totals and is the only current Buckeye to post at least 30 points in each of the last three seasons.
You scored a hat trick in your last time out – how did it feel to finally break the jinx and score the Buckeyes’ first hat trick in 129 games?
I think the first thing that came to my mind was ‘Now we don’t have to hear about how long it has been since we have had one anymore’. Besides that, anytime you can score three goals in a game at this level it gives you a good feeling.
What is your major … what do you plan on doing after your hockey career is over?
I am majoring in communication and would like to pursue a career in broadcasting. I love to talk sports, especially hockey.
Who is your favorite sports broadcaster? What are your favorite sports teams?
My favorite broadcaster is Pat Foley of the Chicago Blackhawks. He brings a ton of energy to the game.
My favorite teams are all of the Chicago sports teams. Most of them are not very good but you have to stay loyal throughout.
It’s your senior season … how would you like to end your Buckeye career?
I would like to finish my Buckeye career with a couple of championships. Our goal is to win the league and then look to win the national title.
You got your 100th career point against Alaska Fairbanks (Nov. 1) … was 100 points a goal when you got to Ohio State? How did it feel to join the century club?
When I first got here I just wanted to become a mainstay in the lineup. Once I realized I could produce at this level it became a goal of mine. To join the century club is great and it is something I will look back on in the future and be proud of the accomplishment.
How old were you when you started playing hockey, and why did you start?
I was about 5 when I first got a hockey stick in my hands. My dad was a huge Blackhawks fan, so I guess when he had me he decided to throw me out there and the rest is history. Why do you wear No. 27?
Jeremy Roenick wore 27 when he played for the Blackhawks and he was a great player for them at the time. I am glad he changed his number when he left Chicago so he will only be remembered in a 27 jersey as a Blackhawk.
Who is your favorite hockey player and why?
No question it is Peter Forsberg (Colorado Avalanche). He is an amazing player. He is the only player in the league that can beat you by going around you or through you. His combination of skill and toughness is second to none.
Who has been the biggest influence on your hockey career?
Probably my biggest influence in hockey was my minor hockey coach, Chico Adrahtas. He instilled a lot of confidence in me, as well as taught me how to deal with adversity.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
My favorite thing to do in my spare time is play golf. I also enjoy watching movies and playing cards with my buddies (especially T-Bone (Thomas) Welsh and Dougie Andress).
Who is the toughest CCHA opponent … why? Where is the toughest place to play in the league and why?
Michigan is the toughest opponent and Yost Arena is the toughest place. They play a hard-nosed game and their fans are very expressive.
Where is the best place hockey has taken you?
The best place hockey has taken me is the peewee tournament in Quebec City. Being 12 years old and playing in front of 14,000 people was unbelievable.
Why did you come to Ohio State?
I saw the chance to start building a national power here. We are on the right track and I am excited to watch this program in the years to come.
Anything to add?
I would like to say happy birthday to my dad. It was last week, but we were at Northern Michigan so I want to give him a proper shout out.