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Kevin Hugh Lowe

Nickname: Vish
Height: 6'2''
Weight: 200 lbs
Position: Defense
Shoots: Left
Date of Birth: April 15, 1959
Place of Birth: Lachute , Quebec, Canada

Stanley Cup Champion (1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1994)
Stanley Cup Finalist (1983)
Played in NHL All-Star Game (1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993)
Team Captain (1991-1992)
World Championships (1982)
Canada Cup (1984)
Bud Man of the Year Award (1990)
King Clancy Memorial Trophy (1990)

Top-10 +/- among defenseman (5th, 5th, 8th, 8th, 10th)

Top-10 Playoff+/- (6th)
Top-10 Playoff Scoring among defenseman (5th)
Top-10 Playoff Goalscoring among defenseman (3rd)
Top-10 Playoff Assist among defenseman (6th, 9th)
Top-10 Playoff +/- among defenseman (4th)

Top-10 Norris Nomination (5th, 8th, 8th, 10th)

- Named best shot-blocker of the 1980's by Ultimate Hockey
- Lowe is the younger brother of the Edmonton Oilers Head Medical trainer Ken Lowe and the father of Edmonton Oil Kings defenceman Keegan Lowe
- In 1988, he married double bronze Canadian Olympic skier Karen Percy
- Lowe was the first-ever Anglo captain of the Quebec Remparts
- Lowe was selected on the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League second All-Star Team in 1978 and 1979
- He was selected by the Edmonton Oilers 21st overall in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft
- On October 1979 in Chicago, Lowe scored first regular season goal in Edmonton Oiler NHL history; a powerplay goal, assisted by Brett Callighen and Wayne Gretzky
- In 1982, 1987 and 1988, the Oilers named Lowe their defenceman of the year
- On December 11th 1992, Lowe was traded to the New York Rangers for Roman Oksiuta and New York 3rd round pick in the 1993 Entry Draft
- On September 28th 1996, Lowe signed as a free agent by Edmonton
- Lowe holds the Edmonton Oilers record for most regular season (1037) and playoff games (172) played as an Oiler
- In the 1998-99 season, Lowe returned to Edmonton as an assistant to head coach Ron Low. The next summer, he succeeded the departed Low as the Oilers' head coach
- On June 9, 2000, Lowe was named the Oilers' general manager
- Kevin Lowe was on Team Canada management team for entries at the 2002 and 2006 Olympics and the 2004 World Cup
- In 2005, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League created the Kevin Lowe Trophy, awarded annually to the player in the QMJHL judged to be the best defensive defenceman

Originally Posted by HHOF
Defenceman Kevin Lowe was a pillar in the building of the Edmonton Oilers into a Stanley Cup champion. He was a solid positional player in his own zone, a team leader, and an astute playmaker on offense. His leadership on and off the ice was a major component of Cup championships in both Edmonton and New York.

Beginning in 1979-80, Lowe's solid two-way play and articulate leadership in the dressing room was a factor in the team's success for 13 years. His mobility, defensive hockey sense, and puck handling skills made him an asset on a club that won five Stanley Cups in seven years beginning in 1983-84.

His savvy and leadership were important to the club.

The veteran rearguard was traded to the New York Rangers in December 1992. His steady work was a major factor in the team's first Stanley Cup win in 54 years, in 1994.
Originally Posted by Who's Who in Hockey
A quintessential defensive defenseman of the 1980's and early 1990's Edmonton Oilers. It was Lowe's job not only to bring up the rear, but to protect it. Kevin displayed consumate ability and class for five Stanley Cup-winning teams

Lowe became a major component of Mike Keenan's Stanley Cup-winning team of 1993-94.

While never scoring many goals, Kevin Lowe had his share of assists and played excellent defense. He was a cornerstone on the six championship teams for which he played.
Originally Posted by Oilers Heritage
Regarded as an intense competitor, Lowe expected success every time his skates touched the ice.

Unlike most defenceman who immediately play in the minors after the draft, the Oilers thrust Lowe into the NHL schedule right away.
Originally Posted by Joe Pelletier
His play was a quiet force and a defensive genius on a dynasty that was known for outscoring the opposition.

Lowe had outstanding hockey sense and vision which game him a superior advantage by understanding the defensive breakdown of the oncoming attack. An agile though not fast skater, Lowe used his anticipation to relieve the opposition of the puck. He would then safely move the puck up to one of his many outstanding forwards. It is safe to say that the Oilers forwards couldn't have cheated offensively like they did if they didn't have a defensive stalwart like Lowe to break up plays and spring the forwards loose with great transitional passes.

While "Vish" didn't get the recognition he deserved from the media or fans, those on the ice knew just how great he was.

A natural leader, he was the alternate captain for most of the Oilers' Dynasty, and became the Oilers' fifth Captain in the 1990-91 season.
-'' Kevin was never getting the headlines or setting the records for scoring goals. He was the consummate team guy who helped keep everything together when things got a little bit scratchy.'' - Glen Sather

-'' That's what it takes to win a Stanley Cup.'' - Wayne Gretzky, informing the media that Lowe was hiding broken ribs throughout the 1988 playoffs

-'' In all those Islanders-Oilers games, I thought Kevin was the guy who really held the Oiler defense together. You always knew he would take somebody out of the play; he'd take a hit; he'd block a shot. He never played on the fringes.'' - Mike Bossy


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