There are two things that stand out about 6-foot-6, 220-pound defenseman Kevin Lohan, who is spending this week as a free agent invitee at the Capitals’ annual development camp. His size and his last name.
For the record, Lohan confirmed on Wednesday he is the younger cousin of actress Lindsay Lohan, although it was not a subject he wanted to expound upon.
“We’re family, but I usually don’t say much about it,” said Lohan, who at 21 is eight years younger than Lindsay. “I kind of try to worry about myself and myself only. You can only control what you can control. You can’t control others.
“To be honest, I haven’t seen her in a while. We were close when we were younger. Everyone kind of went their separate ways.”
While Lindsay, who is from New York, pursued her acting career, Kevin Lohan spent his childhood playing hockey and waiting to grow. A native of ColdSpringHarbor on Long Island, Lohan said he didn’t gain a pound between his freshman and sophomore years of high school, but sprouted from 5-foot-9 to 6-foot-4 during his junior year.
“My feet grew like six sizes,” Lohan said. “I was getting a new pair of skates every two months. My Dad was not happy.”
No, but the University of Michigan was. The Big 10 school recruited Lohan from the Merritt Centennials of the British Columbia Junior A League and a little less than a year ago Lohan caught the attention of Capitals amateur scout Will Nichol, who noted interest in the big blue liner.
Lohan responded with a strong second season for the Wolverines, recording two goals and eight assists in 37 games and leading the team with 59 blocked shots. That was enough for the Capitals to extend an invitation to their five-day development camp, which runs through Saturday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.
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“I know my role,” Lohan said. “I’m not going to go out there and get points. I’m a stay-at-home defenseman who tries to contribute (offensively) here and there. I try to shut down other teams’ top lines and use my stick really well.”
Lohan said he still needs to work on his skating, speed and power, but he hopes to someday join the long list of Michigan alumni now playing in the NHL, a list that includes Max Pacioretty, Carl Hagelin, Andrew Cogliano and Jacob Trouba.
“I’m still raw,” he said, “but if I keep working hard, one day I can get to the next level.”