N.Y. family sues high school hockey coach for keeping son on JV team

The family of a former Webster Thomas hockey player has sued the school district and hockey coach for keeping him at the junior varsity level for four years “in spite of his advanced skills.”

The lawsuit was filed last month by Webster resident Michelle Capellupo on behalf of her son, Stephen Capellupo. It claims the coach, 2008 New York State Coach of the Year David Evans, cut him from the team vindictively after the family complained to the school administration.

COMPLAINT: View the lawsuit

“(Capellupo) was cut from the varsity team by Evans in retaliation for his good faith complaints … regarding the concerns about the manner in which (he) was being treated,” the lawsuit reads. “Evans’ failure to select plaintiff for the varsity team was an abuse of Evans’ power that had a deleterious effect on (Capellupo’s) future as a hockey player.”

Capellupo made the varsity team as a freshman in the 2008-09 season, according to the lawsuit, but was demoted to junior varsity after a period of academic ineligibility.

For most of the next three years, he participated in the team’s off-season activities, attended extra practices and “dominated” at junior varsity but was kept at the lower level by Evans, who allegedly told him, “We see you from the outside in ...

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