October 13, 1960 |
Toronto, ON, CAN
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)|
|Played for||Pittsburgh Penguins
San Diego Gulls
Darren Craig Lowe (born October 13, 1960 in Toronto, Ontario), is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player and current head coach of the University of Toronto Varsity Blues men's ice hockey team.
Lowe played for Varsity Blues from 1979 to 1983 as undergraduate student. Lowe was named to the OUAA Second All-star team in 1981–82, and the First All-star team in 1982–83. Lowe was selected as a member of the Canada national men's ice hockey team during 1983–84, playing 67 games, scoring 18 goals, and 15 assists. Lowe competed with the team at the 1984 Winter Olympics, finishing in 4th place. The Pittsburgh Penguins signed Lowe as a free agent, for whom he played eight games and scored one goal during the 1983–84 NHL season. Lowe returned to the Varsity Blues from 1984 to 1986 while earning a Bachelor of Education degree. In 1986, Lowe's, he received the university's George M. Biggs Trophy for leadership, sportsmanship and performance in athletics, and both the Harry Jerome Award and the U of T Silver "T" for excellence in athletics.
Lowe continued his professional career from 1986 to 1991, playing for Jokerit Helsinki scoring 7 goals and 2 assists in 18 games in 1986-87 season, the Flint Spirits, Maine Mariners and the San Diego Gulls. Lowe had career highs of 53 goals and 64 assists playing for Flint during the 1987–88 season.
Lowe retired in 1991, and immediately went into coaching. Lowe joined the Ryerson Rams of Ryerson Polytechnical Institute as an assistant coach during the 1991–92 season. Lowe returned to the Varsity Blues as an assistant coach for the 1992–93 season, and became head coach during the 1995–96 season. For the 2002–03 season Lowe was honoured as the OUA East Division "Coach of the Year" for the second time in three years, he was also named coach of the year in 2000–01. He has led the Blues to four consecutive first place finishes in the OUA's Mid-East Division. Lowe was also a guest coach in 1998 with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and spent time in the summer of 2001 working with some of the Leaf prospects. In 1999–2000, Lowe was a guest coach with the Canada national ice hockey team.
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