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Lindsay Lohan's cousin making big impression on Caps


Lindsay Lohan's cousin making big impression on Caps

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.”


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Alex Ovechkin and wife Nastya Ovechkina welcome baby boy

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Alex Ovechkin and wife Nastya Ovechkina welcome baby boy

After lifting the Stanley Cup just over two months ago, something else very exciting has happened in Alex Ovechkin's life.

Saturday morning, Nastya and Alex Ovechkin welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Sergei, after Ovechkin's late brother. 

Ovi spent this week practicing at the Florida Panthers' facilities with other NHL players living in the surrounding area.

After the Cup's visit to Moscow, Nastya and Alex settled down at their apartment in Miami, staying put and preparing for the birth. 

The couple were married two years ago but didn't hold an official ceremony until July of last year. The celebration was as lavish as you'd expect.

She revealed her pregnancy shortly after the Cup victory, and has kept us up to date on life this summer via Instagram. A few weeks ago, the Ovechkins graced HELLO! Russia magazine, showing off Nastya's baby bump among their glamour shots.

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Congratulations to Ovi and Nastya, and all our best wishes for health and happiness!


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Capitals draft pick admits he is...a Flyers fan


Capitals draft pick admits he is...a Flyers fan

Say it ain't so.

Mitchell Gibson is the first goalie the Capitals have drafted since Ilya Samsonov in 2015, but they may be thinking twice about their selection after a recent shocking interview.

Gibson spoke with a local Philadelphia CBS station and revealed that both he and his family...are Flyers fans.

Insert dramatic music.

"I think my family will always be Flyers fans in their hearts and I guess I will be a little bit," Gibson admitted, hopefully with guilt in his voice.

Gibson was selected by the Caps in the fourth round of the 2018 draft, but clearly the scouts did not do their homework. It's as if Gibson grew up a hockey fan in a place like Phoenixville, Pa. (about an hour outside of Philadelphia) without anticipating the future that he may one day be drafted by a rival team like Washington.

Shame, shame.

The young netminder tried to make up for his horrifying admission later in the interview.

"The Capitals are definitely treating me well right now so I would like to be their goalie," he said.

A likely story.

Gibson is only 19 and set to begin his first collegiate season at Harvard in 2018 so at least there is still time for Gibson to overcome his shameful past. And hey, it could always be worse. At least he's not a Penguins fan.