Dave Lowry

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Dave Lowry
Dave Lowry.JPG
Born (1965-02-14) February 14, 1965 (age 49)
Sudbury, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Vancouver Canucks
St. Louis Blues
Florida Panthers
San Jose Sharks
Calgary Flames
NHL Draft 110th overall, 1983
Vancouver Canucks
Playing career 1985–2004

David John Lowry (born February 14, 1965 in Sudbury, Ontario and raised in Ottawa, Ontario) is a retired professional ice hockey player. He played in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1985 to 2004. He was most recently an assistant coach of the Calgary Flames and the former head coach of the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League. On Thursday, July 19, 2012, he was named the new Head Coach of the Victoria Royals of the WHL.

Lowry's sons, Adam and Joel, were drafted by the Winnipeg Jets and the Los Angeles Kings, respectively. Adam currently plays for the St. John's IceCaps in the American Hockey League (AHL). Joel currently plays for the Cornell Big Red in ECAC Hockey.

Playing career[edit]

Dave Lowry was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the 6th round, 110th overall, in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft. He played three seasons with the London Knights of the OHL before joining the Canucks for the start of the 1985–86 NHL season. In Vancouver, he played for three seasons with only spending part of the 1987–88 season in the minors for the Fredericton Express of the American Hockey League (AHL). On 29 September 1988, just prior to the start of the 1988–89 NHL season, Lowry was traded to the St. Louis Blues for Ernie Vargas.

After spending most of the 1988–89 season with the Peoria Rivermen of the International Hockey League (IHL), Lowry joined the Blues for the last 21 games of the season including ten more games in the playoffs. Lowry stayed with St. Louis until the end of the 1992–93 NHL season. Dave Lowry was never much of an offensive threat as his highest goal total was 19, which he did twice, both times with the Blues, and his highest point total was 40, which was also with the Blues. Before he retired, he managed to play over 1000 NHL games.

Dave Lowry was drafted in the expansion draft by the Florida Panthers before the 1993–94 NHL season. Lowry had his best years in Florida. Perhaps he is most famous for being on the runner up team in 1995–96. He would be given the nickname Mr. Playoff as he scored ten goals during the 1996 Stanley Cup Playoffs. After five seasons in Florida, he was traded to the San Jose Sharks near the beginning of the 1997–98 season along with a first round pick in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft (Vincent Lecavalier) for Viktor Kozlov and a fifth round pick (Jaroslav Špaček) also in the 1998 draft.

After only three seasons in San Jose, Lowry went to the Calgary Flames for the 2000–01 season where he played out his last four seasons, with the exception of a brief stint with the Saint John Flames of the AHL. In his last NHL season, he played only 18 games in the regular season acquiring one goal and one assist. In the playoffs, though, he played 10 games in Calgary's improbable Stanley Cup run of 2004 that ended in a loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

After retiring as a player, Lowry began coaching, joining the Western Hockey League's Calgary Hitmen as an assistant coach in 2005. Lowry was promoted to associate coach in 2007, and named the head coach of the Hitmen in 2008, succeeding Kelly Kisio as Calgary's bench boss.[1] Currently Coaches Victoria of the WHL.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1982–83 London Knights OHL 42 11 16 27 48 3 0 0 0 14
1983–84 London Knights OHL 66 29 47 76 125 8 6 6 12 41
1984–85 London Knights OHL 61 60 60 120 94 8 6 5 11 10
1985–86 Vancouver Canucks NHL 73 10 8 18 143 3 0 0 0 0
1986–87 Vancouver Canucks NHL 70 8 10 18 176
1987–88 Fredericton Express AHL 46 18 27 45 59 14 7 3 10 72
1987–88 Vancouver Canucks NHL 22 1 3 4 38
1988–89 Peoria Rivermen IHL 58 31 35 66 45
1988–89 St. Louis Blues NHL 21 3 3 6 11 10 0 5 5 4
1989–90 St. Louis Blues NHL 78 19 6 25 75 12 2 1 3 39
1990–91 St. Louis Blues NHL 79 19 21 40 168 13 1 4 5 35
1991–92 St. Louis Blues NHL 75 7 13 20 77 6 0 1 1 20
1992–93 St. Louis Blues NHL 58 5 8 13 101 11 2 0 2 14
1993–94 Florida Panthers NHL 80 15 22 37 64
1994–95 Florida Panthers NHL 45 10 10 20 25
1995–96 Florida Panthers NHL 63 10 14 24 36 22 10 7 17 39
1996–97 Florida Panthers NHL 77 15 14 29 51 5 0 0 0 0
1997–98 Florida Panthers NHL 7 0 0 0 2
1997–98 San Jose Sharks NHL 50 4 4 8 51 6 0 0 0 18
1998–99 San Jose Sharks NHL 61 6 9 15 24 1 0 0 0 0
1999–00 San Jose Sharks NHL 32 1 4 5 18 12 1 2 3 6
2000–01 Calgary Flames NHL 79 18 17 35 47
2001–02 Calgary Flames NHL 62 7 6 13 51
2002–03 Saint John Flames AHL 22 3 6 9 16
2002–03 Calgary Flames NHL 34 5 14 19 22
2003–04 Calgary Flames NHL 18 1 1 2 11 10 0 0 0 6
NHL totals 1084 164 187 351 1191 111 16 20 36 181

Coaching record[edit]

Season Team League Regular season Post season
G W L OTL Pts Division rank Result
2008–09 Calgary Hitmen WHL 72 59 9 4 122 1st in Central Lost final
WHL totals 72 59 9 4 122 1 Division title 14-4 in playoffs

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hitmen name Lowry coach, Kisio general manager". Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club. 2008-06-24. Retrieved 2008-06-24. [dead link]

External links[edit]


Preceded by
Steve Smith
Calgary Flames captain
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Succeeded by
Bob Boughner
Craig Conroy

Note: Lowry was named captain in December 2000, upon the retirement of Steve Smith. He was later stripped of the captaincy in February 2002 (by coach Greg Gilbert, because of poor performance on ice), Craig Conroy and Bob Boughner were named co-captains.