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COACHES AND MANAGEMENT
KEVIN LOWE
PRESIDENT OF HOCKEY OPERATIONS/ALTERNATE GOVERNOR


After serving as General Manager of the Edmonton Oilers for eight seasons, Kevin Lowe was promoted to the position of President of Hockey Operations on July 31, 2008. Lowe’s promotion was part of a restructuring of the team’s Hockey Operations department by Daryl A. Katz, the organization’s owner.

Lowe has been instrumental in the renewed success of the team both on and off the ice and will continue to work towards the continued success of the franchise in his new role. In recent years, Lowe has been assisting the strategic rebuild of one of the outstanding franchises in the League and was an integral part of the management and scouting team that selected Taylor Hall with Edmonton’s first ever number one overall draft pick in 2010, as well as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in 2011 and Nail Yakupov in 2012.

A new era in Oilers’ history was ushered in when Lowe was named to the position of General Manager on June 9, 2000. With the announcement, the first-ever draft pick in Oilers’ history replaced Glen Sather, who held the position since June of 1979. Lowe’s appointment came a year after he was named Head Coach of the Oilers on June 18, 1999. Over those years the team’s payroll was annually near the bottom of the league however the team was a league leader in dollars spent for points earned in standings including many playoff appearances. As GM, he became one of only 40 general managers in the history of the NHL to get his team to the Stanley Cup finals in 2006, losing in game seven to the Carolina Hurricanes.

It took the popular Lowe only three seasons from his retirement from the game as a player to make his way to the position of General Manager. After a brilliant playing career in the National Hockey League with the Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers, Lowe announced his retirement from the game on July 30, 1998 and joined the coaching ranks as he served as an assistant coach with Ron Low’s Edmonton staff in 1998-99.

The 1999-00 season saw Lowe become the seventh head coach in Oilers history. In his lone season behind the Edmonton bench, Lowe guided the Oilers to a second place finish in the Northwest Division with a 32-26-16-8 record, only eight points behind the first place Colorado Avalanche, and a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Kevin Lowe skates in game against the Boston Bruins at Boston Garden . (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
Lowe’s expertise has also translated into success for Team Canada on the international stage. On November 8, 2000, Lowe was named as Assistant Executive Director of Canada Olympic Hockey for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. Working with former teammate Wayne Gretzky, Team Canada’s Executive Director, head coach Pat Quinn and Director of Player Personnel, Steve Tambellini, Lowe helped put together a team of NHL players that won the Olympic gold medal for Canada for the first time in 50 years. A 5-2 victory over the United States in the gold medal final on February 24, 2002 saw Team Canada become the first Canadian squad to win Olympic gold since the Edmonton Waterloo Mercurys won at Oslo, Norway in 1952. He reprised that role with Team Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy and was a member of Team Canada’s management team that put together the gold medal winning roster at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. Lowe, along with Doug Armstrong and Ken Holland, assisted General Manager Steve Yzerman to help guide Canada’s Olympic Team to another historic gold medal victory in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Lowe will once again represent his country as a part of Team Canada’s management team at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

Lowe was the Oilers’ first-ever draft pick when he was selected 21st overall in the 1979 NHL Amateur Draft on August 9, 1979.  During 19 seasons in the NHL, including 15 as an Oiler, Lowe played in 1,254 regular season games and 214 playoff games, winning six Stanley Cup championships. The first five Cup championships came with Edmonton as he was a member of each of the Oilers’ titles in 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988 and 1990 and was followed by a sixth with the New York Rangers in 1994. In his 15 seasons with Edmonton, the Oilers never failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs with Lowe in the lineup. In fact, Lowe only missed post-season play once in his 19-year career as New York missed the 1992-93 playoffs during his first season in Manhattan.

Besides being the first draft choice in Oilers’ history, Lowe also scored the first goal in team history as he beat Tony Esposito at 9:49 of the first period in Edmonton’s first NHL game on October 10, 1979 at Chicago Stadium. The goal launched a career that saw him play for 19 seasons without spending a day in the minors. That goal was also assisted by Wayne Gretzky, marking the “Great One’s” first ever point in the NHL.

Lowe holds the Oilers’ record for most games played in both the regular season (1,037) and playoffs (172) and is one of only 45 players in NHL history to have played in 1,000 games with one franchise. He also ranks among Edmonton’s all-time leaders as he is eighth in assists (309), 11th in points (383) and third in penalty minutes (1,236).

He became the sixth captain in Oilers’ history in 1990-91, fulfilling the promise of his junior career that saw him named the only Anglo-Canadian captain of the Quebec Remparts.

On the international stage he represented Canada at the 1982 World Championships and was a member of Team Canada that won the 1984 Canada Cup. He also played in seven NHL All-Star Games (1984-86, 1988-90, 1993).

Off the ice, he was no less a leader. In 1990, Lowe became the only player to win the King Clancy Memorial Trophy and the Budweiser/NHL Man of the Year Award in the same season. Both awards are presented for leadership qualities and humanitarian contributions. He was also the Oilers’ nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy that season. His work with the Edmonton Christmas Bureau has set the standard for the Oilers’ commitment to community involvement. He was the Honorary Chair from 1982-83 to 1991-92 and Honorary Co-Chair from 2005 to present.

Lowe, has a son, Shane, and he and his wife Karen, a two-time Olympic alpine skiing bronze medal winner for Canada at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, have three daughters - Devyn, Darby and Karly - and a son, Keegan, who was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 3rd round, 73rd overall, at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Both Kevin and Karen are Honorary Spokespeople for the Zebra Society.




KEVIN LOWE’S CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS

- Served as the Honourary Chairman of the Edmonton Christmas Bureau from 1982-83 to 1991-92. The Edmonton Christmas Bureau coordinates the collection of money and delivery of services to people at need at Christmas time. - Served as the Honourary Chairman of the James Bell Sports Foundation from 1987-88 to 1988-89 - Edmonton Oilers nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy in 1989-90 - In 1989-90 he became the first player in NHL history to win both the King Clancy Memorial Trophy and the Budweiser/NHL Man of the Year Award in the same season. - The King Clancy Memorial Trophy is awarded “to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community”, while the Budweiser/NHL Man of the Year Award was presented to the player “recognized in the local community as a positive role model through his conduct on and off the ice. This includes involvement with local youth groups, charities and causes, as well as recognition among his peers and fans as a player who extols sportsmanlike qualities while maximizing his efforts toward improving his play and that of the team”.



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KEVIN LOWE
Defence 6'2", 200 lbs.
Shoots: Left
Born: April 15, 1959; Lachute, Quebec


1996-97 HIGHLIGHTS:

Returned to the Oilers on Sept. 19/96 when he was signed as an unrestricted free agent...Oilers nominee for the 1996-97 Bill Masterton Trophy...scored 1-13-14 with 50 PIM in 64 games...was plus or even in 46 of his 64 games (71.9%) and was a steadying influence on the Oilers blueline, lending his experience to rookies Dan McGillis, Greg de Vries and Drew Bannister...the 64 games played were the most he has played in one season since he skated in 71 games for the Rangers during their Stanley Cup season of 1993-94...scored his only goal of the season on Feb. 21 vs Colorado...it was his first goal since Nov. 10/95 vs NYI while he was still with the Rangers and it was his first goal as an Oiler since he scored on Dec. 21/91 vs Calgary...became the first player to play 1000 regular season games in an Oilers uniform when he faced the NY Rangers on Jan. 21 at Madison Square Garden...became the 27th player in NHL history to play 1000-or-more games with one team...scored points in 13 of 64 games (20.3%) and registered one multiple-point game...scored two assists vs Florida on Jan. 15...three times he had two-game scoring streaks with 0-2-2 from Jan. 7-8, Jan. 24-26 and Feb. 19-21...scored his 300th career Oilers assist on Dec. 23 vs Vancouver, played in his 1200th career NHL game on Dec. 1 at Anaheim and recorded his 1200th Oilers PIM on Feb. 19 vs Toronto...missed nine games due to injury with a neck strain and one to illness.

1997 PLAYOFFS:

Played in only one playoff game for the Oilers as he was sidelined with an inflamed tendon in his right ankle...only post-season appearance came in Game 7 of the Western Conference Quarter-Final at Dallas on Apr. 29 as he helped the Oilers win the series with a 4-3 OT victory...was scoreless with 0 PIM in his first playoff action with the Oilers since 1991-92...Oilers have never failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs with him in the lineup.

1996-97 OILERS SCORING BREAKDOWN:


1-7-8 home; 0-6-6 road; 1-11-12 even; 0-1-1 PPG; 0-1-1 SHG; 0-0-0 overtime.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

Entering his 19th season in the NHL and 15th as an Oiler...won six Stanley Cup championships; five with Edmonton (1985, 86, 87, 88 90) and one with NY Rangers (1994)...in 1989-90 became the first player in NHL history to win both the King Clancy Memorial Trophy and the Budweiser/NHL Man of the Year Award in the same season...the awards honour a player for his outstanding leadership qualities and humanitarian contributions...holds the Oilers career record for games played (1030), playoff games (171), total games (1201) and is sixth in assists (309), seventh in points (383) and third in PIM (1214)...scored the Oilers first-ever NHL goal at 9:49 of the first period on October 10, 1979 at Chicago...named the Oilers' fifth captain in 1990-91...is second on Oilers all-time list with a 420 consecutive games played streak (Jan. 24/81 to Mar. 7/86)...his 213 career playoff games are fifth on the NHL's all-time list...played his first 13 NHL seasons with Edmonton before being traded to NY Rangers on Dec. 11/92 in exchange for Roman Oksiuta and a third round draft choice in 1993...scored 10-38-48 with 262 PIM in 217 games over four seasons with NY Rangers before returning to Edmonton in 1996-97...member of Team Canada during 1984 Canada Cup and 1982 World Championships...scored 0-2-2 in 7 NHL All-Star Games (six with Edmonton and one with Rangers)...played three seasons of junior hockey with Quebec Remparts and was named a QMJHL second team all-star in 1978-79...his older brother Ken is the Oilers' athletic trainer.

HOW ACQUIRED:

Edmonton's first-ever draft choice, selected in the first round, 21st overall in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft...signed as an unrestricted free-agent by Edmonton on September 19, 1996.



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KEVIN LOWE
Defence 6'2", 200 lbs.
Shoots: Left
Born: April 15, 1959; Lachute, Quebec



                                    REGULAR SEASON                                               PLAYOFFS
SEASON       TEAM              LEAGUE        GP        G        A      PTS   PIM    GP   G    A  PTS  PIM


1976-77        Quebec            QMJHL           69         3        19       22      39       -      -     -      -       -
1977-78        Quebec            QMJHL           64        13       52       65      86       4      1    2     3       6
1978-79        Quebec            QMJHL           68        26       60       86    120       6      1    7     8     36
1979-80        EDMONTON    NHL                64         2        19       21      70       3      0    1     1       0
1980-81        EDMONTON    NHL                79       10        24       34      94       9      0    2     2     11
1981-82        EDMONTON    NHL                80         9        31       40      63       5      0    3     3       0
1982-83        EDMONTON    NHL                80         6        34       40      43     16      1    8     9     10
1983-84        EDMONTON    NHL                80         4        42       46      59     19      3    7   10     16
1984-85        EDMONTON    NHL                80         4        21       25    104     16      0    5     5       8
1985-86        EDMONTON    NHL                74         2        16       18      90     10      1    3     4     15
1986-87        EDMONTON    NHL                77         8        29       37      94     21      2    4     6     22
1987-88        EDMONTON    NHL                70         9        15       24      89     19      0    2     2     26
1988-89        EDMONTON    NHL                76         7        18       25      98       7      1    2     3       4
1989-90        EDMONTON    NHL                78         7        26       33    140     20      0    2     2     10
1990-91        EDMONTON    NHL                73         3        13       16    113     14      1    1     2     14
1991-92        EDMONTON    NHL                55         2          8       10    107     11      0    3     3     16
1992-93        NY Rangers     NHL                49         3         12       15     58       -       -     -      -      -
1993-94        NY Rangers     NHL                71         5         14       19     70     22      1    0     1     20
1994-95        NY Rangers     NHL                44         1          7          8     58     10      0    1     1     12



KEVIN LOWE vs THE NHL - TEAM-BY-TEAM STATISTICS


REGULAR SEASON WITH EDMONTON                 NHL TOTALS
VERSUS OPPONENTS    GP         G       A      PTS      PIM      GP       G       A      PTS     PIM

Anaheim                                5        0        0          0           6         8        0        0          0        10
Boston                                 37        1       11       12         37        49       1       11        12        49
Buffalo                                 41        3       11       14         49        52       4       14        18        59
Calgary                                98        6      28        34      199       103       6      28         34      209
Chicago                               44        3      17        20        47         48       4      17         21        49
Colorado                              42       4       13       17        25          51       5      15         20       51
Dallas                                  36        2      12       14         34         40       2      12         14       36
Detroit                                  41       6       11       17        18          46       7      11         18       30
Edmonton                              -        -          -          -          -            5        0       0           0        10
Florida                                   2        0        2         2            4        10       1        2           3         8
Hartford                               39        3        9       12          46        50       3        9         12       52
Los Angeles                        93        5      33       38         210       99       5       33        38     216
Montreal                              40        0        7         7           24       52       0        8          8        52
New Jersey                         45        2      19        21          36       61       3       22        25        50
NY Islanders                       38        1      13        14          22       53       3       16        19        34
NY Rangers                        41        1      11        12          34       41       1        11        12       34
Ottawa                                  1        0       0           0            0         8       1         2         3         10
Philadelphia                        37        3       4          7           32       51       3         7        10       40
Phoenix                              83       13     29         42        113       90      13       30       43     119
Pittsburgh                           41        4      20        24          49       55        4       23       27       77
San Jose                            13        0       0           0          28       19        0         4         4       28
St. Louis                             41        5      11        16          32        47       6        12      18       36
Tampa Bay                           2        0       1          1            2        14        0         7        7       12
Toronto                               41        3       7         10         43        44        3         7      10        45
Vancouver                          98        4      29        33        107      104       4       30      34      117
Washington                        38        5      11        16          39        54       5       16      21        65

TOTALS                        1037    74  309   383  1236    1254   84 347   431   1498



PLAYOFFS (With Edm)      GP      G      A     PTS     PIM     PP    SH    WG    OT   EN   HT

Boston                                  10       0     2       2        2      0     0      0     0     0   0
Calgary                                 29       2     9     11      25      0     0      0     0     0   0
Chicago                                20       0     6      6       18      0     0      0     0     0   0
Colorado                                1        0     0      0        4       0     0      0     0     0   0
Detroit                                    9        0     2      2      10       0     0      0     0     0   0
Dallas/Minnesota                   8        0     4      4       6        0     0      0     0     0   0
Los Angeles                         29         2     8    10      22       0     0      0     0     0   0
Montreal                                 3        0     1     1        5        0     0      0     0     0   0
NY Islanders                         15        1     1     2       12       0     0      0     0     0   0
Philadelphia                          15        2     2     4        8        0     2      1     0     0   0
Vancouver                               9        1     3      4        6        0     0      0     0     0   0
Winnipeg                               23        1     5      6      30        0     0      0     0     0   0

TOTALS                         172      9   43    52   156        0      2     1     0     0   0


NOTE: Playoff PIM stats to not equal Lowe's career total of 152 PIM due to the fact that 8 PIM are unaccounted for from the 1982-83 playoffs. The missing PIM are against the following three teams: Calgary, Chicago and Winnipeg.


4 KEVIN LOWE Defence 6'2", 200 lbs. Shoots: Left Born: April 15, 1959; Lachute, Quebec

FIRST NHL GAME: October 10, 1979 at Chicago (1-0-1) FIRST NHL GOAL: October 10, 1979 at Chicago (PPG vs Tony Esposito) FIRST NHL ASSIST: November 30, 1979 vs NY Islanders FIRST NHL POINT: October 10, 1979 at Chicago (Goal) FIRST NHL PIM: October 10, 1979 at Chicago

MOST GOALS, ONE GAME: 1; 84 Times, Last Time - Feb. 21/97 vs Colorado MOST ASSISTS, ONE GAME: 5; February 19, 1983 at Pittsburgh MOST POINTS, ONE GAME: 6; February 19, 1983 at Pittsburgh (1-5-6) MOST PIM, ONE GAME: 22; October 8, 1992 at Los Angeles

LONGEST GOAL SCORING STREAK: 2 Games; 10 Times, Last - Jan. 16-18,1994 (2 goals) LONGEST ASSIST SCORING STREAK: 6 Games; Jan. 28-Feb. 6, 1987 (6 assists) LONGEST POINT SCORING STREAK: 7 Games; October 5-19, 1983 (2-6-8) and Jan. 28-Feb. 8, 1987 (2-6-8)

1991-92 HIGHLIGHTS:

Began his 13th season in the NHL, all with Edmonton, by being named the Oilers' fifth captain...he follows Ron Chipperfield, Lee Fogolin, Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier in that position...scored 2-7-9 in 55 games for the lowest single season point total of his career...the reduced offensive production was due mainly to the fact that he missed 25 games due to injury...the 25 missed games were the second most by an Oiler, behind only Esa Tikkanen's 40...missed 23 games (Jan. 29-Feb. 2 and Feb. 7-Mar. 24) due to a rotator cuff strain in his right shoulder...also missed single games due to a bruised shoulder (Dec. 29) and a groin strain (Apr. 14)...missed five of the Oilers first six playoff games due to the groin injury...the 55 games played during the 1991-92 regular season are the fewest he played in a season and marks the first time in his career that he played fewer than 64 games...scored both of his goals at Northlands Coliseum with single goals vs Detroit on December 15 and vs Calgary on December 23...had one multiple-point game on the season with a two assist outing at Vancouver on October 27...had a three-game point scoring streak with single assists from December 1-6...scored 2-2-4 at home, 0-5-5 on the road, 2-6-8 in the season's first half and 0-1-1 in 16 games played in the second half of 1991-92...sixth on the Oilers in PIM with 107, marking the third consecutive season and the fourth time in his career, that he has registerd 100-or-more PIM in a season...registered his 1100 career Oilers/NHL PIM on November 3 at Vancouver...played in his 950th career Oilers/NHL game on January 2 at Los Angeles...scored 0-3-3 in 11 Stanley Cup games...scored his three points in a four game stretch from May 8 to May 16...two of the points were scored vs Vancouver in the Smythe Final and one vs Chicago in the Campbell Conference Final...holds the Edmonton team record for most career playoff games with 170...established the new mark in Game 1 of the Campbell Final at Chicago on May 16, breaking the previous record of 166 held by Mark Messier.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

Has played all 13 seasons in the NHL with Edmonton...the 1989-90 season saw him become the first player in NHL history to win both the King Clancy Memorial Trophy and the Budweiser/NHL Man of the Year Award in the same season...the awards honour a player for his outstanding leadership qualities and humanitarian contributions...is among the leaders in several Edmonton career categories...is first on the all-time list for games played with 966, seventh in scoring with 368 points, sixth in assists with 295 and second in penalty minutes with 1164...scored the Oilers first-ever NHL goal at 9:49 of the first period on October 10, 1979 at Chicago...is ninth in post-season scoring with 9-43-52...member of Team Canada during 1984 Canada Cup...has appeared in six NHL All-Star Games...played three seasons of junior hockey with Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL.

HOW ACQUIRED:

The Oilers first-ever draft choice, selected in the first round, 21st overall in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft.
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