He has often said that hockey — and coaching — is in his blood.
Of that, there is little doubt.
Jim Capy, who has coached with success at the high school level with Korah Colts and Sir James Dunn Eagles, at the major midget level in the Michigan Soo and in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League with Soo Thunderbirds, Soo Indians and Blind River Beavers, will return to the bench in 2014-2015.
The 56-year old Capy (he turns 57 in May) will take over as head coach of the yet-to-be-re-named Soo squad that will return to the Great North Midget Hockey League next fall.
Perennial champions in the GNMHL, the Soo North Stars went dormant following the 2012-2013 season, a sad and preventable chapter in what was a long and illustrious story.
The NOJHL’s Soo Thunderbirds have assumed control of the local GNMHL team from Soo Hockey Club, which operated the North Stars for many, many years.
Thunderbirds general manager Kevin Cain — who will also have that title with the Soo midgets — said his old sidekick Capy was “an easy choice” for the job.
“Jim can coach, there is no doubt about that,” Cain said of Capy. “He has always been a good systems coach and he keeps up to date with the times.”
Cain spent two seasons as Capy’s assistant coach in Blind River during the 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 campaigns.
“I think I know Jim as well as anyone,” Cain said evenly.
Capy stepped down from his second go-round in Blind River following the 2011-2012 season and has been out of coaching since.
A long-time Canada Post employee, Capy said he is “very happy” to be returning to coaching.
“Where I am in my life, I think this is the perfect spot to finish my coaching career. I am looking forward to it and excited,” said Capy, who is married and has two adult daughters.