Kevin Lowe
Position Defence
Shot Left
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
200 lb (91 kg)
Teams Edmonton Oilers
New York Rangers
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born April 15 1959 (1959-04-15) (age 60),
Lachute, QC, CAN
NHL Draft 21st overall, 1979
Edmonton Oilers
Pro Career 1979 – 1998

Kevin Hugh Lowe (born April 15, 1959 in Lachute, Quebec) is a former defenceman and coach in the National Hockey League and the current President of Hockey Operations of the Edmonton Oilers. As a defenceman, he played for the Edmonton Oilers and the New York Rangers.

Background and early careerEdit

Lowe played 3 seasons starting in 1976 with the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL. He scored 42–131–173 in 201 games played, with 245 PIM. In the 1978–79 season, he was named the first English-speaking captain of a QMJHL team. He was drafted in the first round, 21st overall, of the 1979 NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers.

NHL playing careerEdit

Lowe played 13 full seasons in his first stint with the Oilers, winning 5 Stanley Cups. He was team captain for the 1991–92 season.

The Oilers traded him to the New York Rangers, in December 1992 (Lowe was a restricted free-agent). There he helped other ex-Oilers Glenn Anderson, Jeff Beukeboom, Adam Graves, Craig MacTavish, Mark Messier, and Esa Tikkanen to win another Stanley Cup, bringing his personal total to 6.

In 1996, he re-joined the Oilers as a free agent, and played another full season. He started the 1997–98 season with the Oilers as well, but only played 7 games due to illness - an inner-ear virus that affected his balance, thus ending his playing career.

In total, Lowe played in 1254 career regular season games, scoring 84–347–431 with 1498 penalty minutes. He added another 214 playoff games, scoring 10–48–58 and earning 192 penalty minutes.

Post playing careerEdit

Lowe joined the Oilers staff in 1998 as an assistant coach. In 1999, he took over head coaching duties from Ron Low. He was head coach for just a single season, getting the Oilers to the first round of the playoffs. He was promoted to general manager of the Oilers in 2000 when long-time GM Glen Sather left for the New York Rangers. He remained the Oilers' Executive Vice President and General Manager until the 2008-09 season when he was promoted to President of Hockey Operations.

Lowe has also been responsible for assisting Canadian national hockey teams. He was a member of the management team for the Canadian men's ice hockey team at the 2002 Winter Olympics that won the gold medal, and was also named a manager for the 2004 World Cup of Hockey team. In addition, he has managed Team Canada at World Hockey Championships.

In 2005, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League created the Kevin Lowe Trophy (Trophée Kevin Lowe), awarded annually to the player in the QMJHL judged to be the best defensive defenceman.

In the 2006 - 2007 NHL offseason Lowe offered contracts to restricted free agents Thomas Vanek, which was matched by the Buffalo Sabres, then to Anaheim forward Dustin Penner, which was signed. Brian Burke, GM of The Anaheim Ducks, has publicly blamed Lowe for an inflation in player salaries, though Lowe did not respond to these attacks until July 4, 2008.

Notable achievementsEdit

Lowe holds the Edmonton Oilers record for most regular season and playoff games played as an Oiler (1037 and 172). He was the team's first-ever NHL draft pick, and scored their first NHL goal (a power play goal against the Chicago Blackhawks assisted by Wayne Gretzky and Brett Callighen). During his professional hockey career, Lowe did not play a single game in the minor leagues, and his teams only once failed to make the playoffs.

Lowe was named an NHL all-star in 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, and 1993. He also won the league's King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 1990.

In 1988, Lowe never missed any playoff games, despite nursing a broken wrist and wearing a full cast. On the night the Oilers won their fourth Championship, Wayne Gretzky informed the media that Lowe was also hiding broken ribs throughout the playoffs, adding, "That's what it takes to win a Stanley Cup."

Awards & AchievementsEdit

  • 1983–84 - NHL - Stanley Cup (Edmonton)
  • 1984–85 - NHL - Stanley Cup (Edmonton)
  • 1986–87 - NHL - Stanley Cup (Edmonton)
  • 1987–88 - NHL - Stanley Cup (Edmonton)
  • 1989–90 - NHL - Stanley Cup (Edmonton)
  • 1993-94 - NHL - Stanley Cup (New York Rangers)

Career statistics Edit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1976–77Quebec RempartsQMJHL693192239
1977–78Quebec RempartsQMJHL6413526586
1978–79Quebec RempartsQMJHL68266086120
1979–80Edmonton OilersNHL64219217030110
1980–81Edmonton OilersNHL7910243494902211
1981–82Edmonton OilersNHL80931406350330
1982–83Edmonton OilersNHL8063440431618910
1983–84Edmonton OilersNHL80442465919371016
1984–85Edmonton OilersNHL8042226104160558
1985–86Edmonton OilersNHL7421618901013415
1986–87Edmonton OilersNHL7782937942124622
1987–88Edmonton OilersNHL7091524891902226
1988–89Edmonton OilersNHL76718259871234
1989–90Edmonton OilersNHL78726331402002210
1990–91Edmonton OilersNHL73313161131411214
1991–92Edmonton OilersNHL5528101071103316
1992–93New York RangersNHL493121558
1993–94New York RangersNHL7151419702210120
1994–95New York RangersNHL44178581001112
1995–96New York RangersNHL5315676100444
1996–97Edmonton OilersNHL64113145010000
1997–98Edmonton OilersNHL7000010004
NHL totals 1254 84 348 432 1498 214 10 48 58 192

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Mike Crombeen
Edmonton Oilers first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Paul Coffey
Preceded by
Bryan Trottier
Winner of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy
Succeeded by
Dave Taylor
Preceded by
Ron Low
Head Coaches of the Edmonton Oilers
Succeeded by
Craig MacTavish
Preceded by
Mark Messier
Edmonton Oilers captains
Succeeded by
Craig MacTavish
Preceded by
Ron Low
Head Coach of the Edmonton Oilers
Succeeded by
Craig MacTavish

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