ROSEMONT, IL – In honor of a new AHL affiliation, the Weekly One Timer introduces you to one member of the Chicago Wolves organization through five facts about, and five quotes from, that person.
This week’s edition focuses on Chicago’s newest defenseman, Kevin Lough, who will be wearing number 13 for the Wolves.
1. Lough comes to Chicago on a professional tryout agreement, which he signed Tuesday morning before joining the team for practice.
2. Before signing with Chicago, he was a member of the ECHL’s Adirondack Thunder, where he recorded 14 points (2G,12A) in 21 games this season. SOURCE: http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=77972
3. The defenseman spent four years playing at Colgate University, where he majored in geology before he turned professional.
4. While playing for Colgate, Lough was named a co-recipient of the team’s best defenseman award. SOURCE: http://gocolgateraiders.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7144
5. Lough was a free agent invitee to the Detroit Red Wings’ 2015 Development Camp. SOURCE: https://www.wingingitinmotown.com/2015/7/3/8888617/getting-to-know-the-detroit-red-wings-2015-development-camp-defensemen
6. During his time playing for Colgate, Lough was often one of the team’s top shot-blockers. He believes this is an important part of his game.
“I try to [block shots], obviously. It’s one of those things that you’ve gotta – if you’re gonna make it anywhere in hockey that’s such a big part of the game nowadays. Especially trying to prove myself here, I think I’ll do anything to prevent them from scoring. I’ll do my best to step in front of any shots.”
7. As for how he has progressed now that he is in his second year of professional hockey, Lough gives a lot of credit to his coach, saying,
“Coming from Adirondack, we had a bit of a coaching change there. I’ve learned a lot of new things from him. I think mostly, for me personally, he’s helped me kind of simplify my game. I’ve been kind of a victim of trying to do too much sometimes in the past. So, I think he’s kind of helped me simplify and sort of modify my game to help me get to the next level.”
8. When asked about how he thinks his offensive success will translate to the next level, Lough said,
“I think just a little bit more confidence in the ECHL this year, obviously some more opportunities. Playing some power play time and whatnot, that’s helped. But I think more than anything, it’s just feeling confident in my abilities. I know last year I had a short stint up in the AHL, and I do feel a lot different this year coming here. The guys have been very welcoming here and it’s helped me just be more confident in myself. I think that’ll be the biggest change this year.”
9. One of the biggest places head coach Rocky Thompson had cited for the team needing to improve is special teams. Will this new addition have any impact?
“If I get an opportunity, great. If not, I’ll be there to motivate them. They had some great work today. They’re getting some good looks on the power play and even the penalty killers were doing some great things, blocking shots in practice, which is something you might not always want to do, but when you’re struggling with your penalty kill, that’s something you’ve got to do in practice.”
10. Being a second-year professional, Lough is still looking to older players to help him improve. In Chicago, he is getting the opportunity to learn from players like Jason Garrison and Griffin Reinhart.
“I just try to pick their brains as much as I can. It’s a great opportunity here. There’s some phenomenal talent in this room. Anything that you can pick up from them. I forget who it was today, but they came up to me and they were just like, ‘hey listen, we’ve been on a 10-game skid, we’ve been having a rough go right now, so just come in, do what you do.’ Don’t try and modify my game too much to try and fit in. Just, they said, bring what you bring to the table, and that’s what I’m gonna try and do.”