Kevin Lowe

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Kevin Lowe
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Kevin Lowe pictured at an Edmonton Oilers Community Appreciation event, 2006
Born (1959-04-15) April 15, 1959 (age 60)
Lachute, Quebec, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Edmonton Oilers
New York Rangers
National teamFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
NHL Draft 21st overall, 1979
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 19791998

Kevin Hugh Lowe (born April 15, 1959) is a Canadian professional ice hockey executive, former coach and former player. Lowe is the vice-chairman of Oilers Entertainment Group, having formerly served successively as head coach and then general manager of the Edmonton Oilers. [1] As a defenceman, he played for the Edmonton Oilers and the New York Rangers.

Canadians citizens of Canada

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Oilers Entertainment Group

Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) is a company based out of Edmonton, Alberta, that operates Katz Group of Companies' sports and entertainment offerings. The flagship property and namesake is the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League. OEG also operates Rogers Place, the new home of the Oilers in downtown Edmonton. OEG is owned by Daryl Katz.


Over his career, Lowe won the Stanley Cup six times and is a seven-time all-star. In 1990, he was awarded the King Clancy Memorial Trophy.

Stanley Cup championship trophy awarded annually in the National Hockey League

The Stanley Cup is the championship trophy awarded annually to the National Hockey League (NHL) playoff winner. It is the oldest existing trophy to be awarded to a professional sports franchise, and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) considers it to be one of the "most important championships available to the sport". The trophy was commissioned in 1892 as the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup and is named after Lord Stanley of Preston, the Governor General of Canada who donated it as an award to Canada's top-ranking amateur ice hockey club. The entire Stanley family supported the sport, the sons and daughters all playing and promoting the game. The first Cup was awarded in 1893 to Montreal Hockey Club, and winners from 1893 to 1914 were determined by challenge games and league play. Professional teams first became eligible to challenge for the Stanley Cup in 1906. In 1915, professional ice hockey organizations National Hockey Association (NHA) and the Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA) reached a gentlemen's agreement in which their respective champions would face each other annually for the Stanley Cup. It was established as the de facto championship trophy of the NHL in 1926 and then the de jure NHL championship prize in 1947.

King Clancy Memorial Trophy award

The King Clancy Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League (NHL) player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made a significant humanitarian contribution to his community. The winner is chosen by "a special panel of representatives" from the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and the NHL Broadcasters' Association.

Background and early career

Lowe played three seasons of junior hockey, 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, the franchise's first ever NHL draft selection.

Quebec Remparts ice hockey team

There have been two junior ice hockey franchises known as the Quebec Remparts that played in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). The first edition played from 1969 to 1985; the current franchise has played since 1997. Both franchises were based out of Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The current team plays at Videotron Centre. The team is named after the Ramparts of Quebec City.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League sports league

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League is one of the three major junior ice hockey leagues which constitute the Canadian Hockey League. The league comprises teams across the provinces of Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Since the departure of the Lewiston Maineiacs from Lewiston, Maine, the QMJHL is the only one of the three member leagues of the CHL that does not currently have teams located in the United States. The current president of the QMJHL is Gilles Courteau.

NHL Entry Draft

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NHL playing career

Lowe played 13 full seasons in his first stint with the Oilers, and helped lead them to five Stanley Cups. As one of the alternate captains during his first tenure, Lowe was regarded as one of the three kings of the Oilers' 1980s dynasty, along with Wayne Gretzky (team captain) and Mark Messier (alternate captain).

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Lowe became team captain for the 1991–92 season after Mark Messier was traded to the New York Rangers.

The Oilers traded him to the New York Rangers, in December 1992 (Lowe was a restricted free-agent). In 1994, he won the Stanley Cup with six other ex-Oilers--Glenn Anderson, Jeff Beukeboom, Adam Graves, Craig MacTavish, Mark Messier, and Esa Tikkanen—bringing his personal total to six.

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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 before being forced to retire due to an inner-ear virus that affected his balance.

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 career

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.

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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. Following the offer sheet to Penner, Brian Burke, the then-GM of The Anaheim Ducks, publicly blamed Lowe for an inflation in player salaries, accusing Lowe of "colossal stupidity". [2] Then head coach Craig MacTavish responded by referring Burke to the Wizard of Oz, "You comb his hair, put a white shirt on, wheel him out in front of the camera and he'll say whatever you guys want". [3] [4] Lowe did not respond to Burkes' attacks until July 4, 2008 on a local radio show, Total Sports with Bob Stauffer, calling Burke a "moron" and "a media junkie". [5] [6]

Lowe's No. 4 has not been retired, but he had been the only player in the Oilers' NHL history to wear No. 4 until he issued it to Taylor Hall, the Oilers' first-round draft pick in 2010.

Notable achievements

Lowe played more regular season and playoff games in an Oilers uniform than anyone in franchise history (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; Gretzky's first NHL point). 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.

During the Oilers' run to the 1988 Stanley Cup, Lowe played with a broken wrist and a full cast, yet didn't miss a single playoff game. On the night the Oilers won the Cup, Wayne Gretzky informed the media that Lowe was also hiding broken ribs throughout the playoffs. [7]

Personal information

Lowe is the younger brother of the former Edmonton Oilers Head Medical Trainer Ken Lowe. He is married to Canadian Olympian Karen Percy, and is the father of Bakersfield Condors defenceman Keegan Lowe, who was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the third round, 73rd overall of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. [8] Lowe's oldest son is Canadian filmmaker, Shane Fennessey [9] . Kevin is also the uncle of Melissa Lowe, a Canadian bobsleigh athlete. [10]

Awards and achievements

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

   Regular season   Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1976–77 Quebec Remparts QMJHL 693192226140334
1977–78 Quebec RempartsQMJHL641352658141236
1978–79 Quebec RempartsQMJHL68266086120617836
1979–80 Edmonton Oilers NHL 64219217030110
1980–81 Edmonton OilersNHL7910243494902211
1981–82 Edmonton OilersNHL80931406350330
1982–83 Edmonton OilersNHL8063440431618910
1983–84 Edmonton OilersNHL80442465919371016
1984–85 Edmonton OilersNHL8042125104160558
1985–86 Edmonton OilersNHL7421618901013415
1986–87 Edmonton OilersNHL7782937942124622
1987–88 Edmonton OilersNHL7091524891902226
1988–89 Edmonton OilersNHL76718259871234
1989–90 Edmonton OilersNHL78726331402002210
1990–91 Edmonton OilersNHL73313161131411214
1991–92 Edmonton OilersNHL5528101071103316
1992–93 New York Rangers NHL493121558
1993–94 New York RangersNHL7151419702210120
1994–95 New York RangersNHL44178581001112
1995–96 New York RangersNHL5315676100444
1996–97 Edmonton OilersNHL64113145010000
1997–98 Edmonton OilersNHL7000010004
NHL totals1254843474311498214104858192


YearTeamEvent GPGAPtsPIM
1982 Canada WC 91122
1984 Canada CC 70448
Senior totals1615610

Coaching record

TeamYear Regular season Post season
GWLTOTLPtsFinishWLWin %Result
EDM 1999–2000 823226168882nd in Northwest 14.200Lost in first round (Dallas)

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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
Glen Sather
General Manager of the Edmonton Oilers
Succeeded by
Steve Tambellini
Preceded by
Ron Low
Head coach of the Edmonton Oilers
Succeeded by
Craig MacTavish
Preceded by
Mark Messier
Edmonton Oilers captain
Succeeded by
Craig MacTavish