Ron Low

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Ron Low
Born (1950-06-21) June 21, 1950 (age 68)
Birtle, Manitoba, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Toronto Maple Leafs
Washington Capitals
Detroit Red Wings
Quebec Nordiques
Edmonton Oilers
New Jersey Devils
NHL Draft 103rd overall, 1970
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 1970–1985

Ronald Albert Low (born June 21, 1950) is a Canadian former ice hockey goaltender and coach. He grew up in Foxwarren, Manitoba.

Playing career[edit]

Low played for two years with the Dauphin Kings of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) before turning pro, leading the Kings to the Manitoba championship and the Memorial Cup playoffs each year.

Originally selected in the 1970 NHL Amateur Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs, Low only played one season with Toronto before he was left exposed in the 1974 NHL Expansion Draft where he was claimed by the Washington Capitals. He spent three seasons with the Capitals and was the first goalie to get a shutout for the team on February 16, 1975 against the Kansas City Scouts.

After being traded to and spending two seasons in the Detroit Red Wings organization, he was claimed by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1979 NHL Expansion Draft. Low was traded to the Edmonton Oilers after playing only 15 games with the Nordiques. He was traded to the New Jersey Devils in 1983, where he completed his NHL career at the end of the 1984–85 NHL season.

Coaching career[edit]

After playing six games with the Nova Scotia Oilers of the American Hockey League, he became an assistant coach for the team. During the 1987 season, Low was promoted to assistant coach with the Edmonton Oilers. In 1988, become the head coach of the Nova Scotia Oilers and would remain in that position until 1989 when the team was renamed the Cape Breton Oilers. In 1990, Low was named an assistant coach with the Edmonton Oilers. Seven years later he became the head coach of the Oilers, a position he held for four seasons. After coaching the Houston Aeros for a season, he was named the head coach of the New York Rangers; however, his tenure would last for only two seasons as the team's dismal performance led to regular chants of Low must go! at home games as the 2001-2002 season's second half wore on. At the time of his dismissal by general manager Glen Sather, the Rangers under Low had a combined record of 69-81-9-5, finished 4th in the Atlantic Division both years and failed to qualify for the playoffs either year, marking a fifth consecutive year where the team failed to make the playoffs.[1][2] After being relieved of his coaching duties with the Rangers, he would still remain in the organization as a scout until 2004. During the summer of 2004, he became a scout and goaltender coach for the Ottawa Senators. In August 2007, Low was promoted to the position of assistant coach of the Ottawa Senators. He was fired from this position on February 27, 2008.

He won the Stanley Cup in 1987, and 1990 as an assistant coach with the Edmonton Oilers.

Coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T OTL Pts Division rank Result
EDM 1994–95 13 5 7 1 - (38) 5th in Pacific Missed Playoffs
EDM 1995–96 82 30 44 8 - 68 5th in Pacific Missed Playoffs
EDM 1996–97 82 36 37 9 - 81 3rd in Pacific Lost in Second round
EDM 1997–98 82 35 37 10 - 80 3rd in Pacific Lost in Second round
EDM 1998–99 82 33 37 12 - 78 2nd in Northwest Lost in First round
NYR 2000–01 82 33 43 5 1 74 4th in Atlantic Missed Playoffs
NYR 2001–02 82 36 38 4 4 80 4th in Atlantic Missed Playoffs
Total 505 208 243 49 5

Awards and achievements[edit]

  • Turnbull Cup MJHL Championships (1969 & 1970)
  • EHL South Rookie of the Year (1971)
  • CHL Second All-Star Team (1974)
  • CHL First All-Star Team (1979)
  • CHL Most Valuable Player (1979)
  • NHLStanley Cup (Edmonton) (1987 & 1990)
  • “Honoured Member” of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame
  • Only NHL goaltender to have coached two different NHL teams

Personal life[edit]

On March 17, 2010 Low was mugged in downtown Calgary. He had just left after meeting with fellow former Oiler Dave Hunter when the attack occurred. Low was able to make it back to his hotel and call an ambulance which brought him to Foothills hospital where he required surgery to his organs damaged in the attack.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Diamos, Jason (15 April 2002). "HOCKEY; As Rangers Depart, Low May Be Gone". New York Times. Retrieved 16 December 2017. 
  2. ^ "Ron Low". Retrieved 16 December 2017. 
  3. ^ "Ex-coach of Oilers mugged". 26 March 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 

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Preceded by
Doug Palazzari
Winner of the Tommy Ivan Trophy
Succeeded by
Doug Palazzari
Preceded by
George Burnett
Head coach of the Edmonton Oilers
Succeeded by
Kevin Lowe
Preceded by
John Tortorella
Head coach of the New York Rangers
Succeeded by
Bryan Trottier