June 21, 1950 |
Birtle, Manitoba, Canada
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
|Played for||Toronto Maple Leafs
Detroit Red Wings
New Jersey Devils
|NHL Draft||103rd overall, 1970
Toronto Maple Leafs
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.
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. Six 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.   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.
|Team||Year||Regular season||Post season|
|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|
Awards and achievements
- 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)
- NHL – Stanley Cup (Edmonton) (1987 & 1990)
- “Honoured Member” of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame
- Only NHL goaltender to have coached two different NHL teams
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.
- "Ex-coach of Oilers mugged". 26 March 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
- Ron Low's profile at Hockey Draft Central
- Ron Low's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Ron Low's biography at Legends of Hockey
- Ron Low's biography at Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame
- Ron Low career statistics at EliteProspects.com
|Winner of the Tommy Ivan Trophy
|Head coach of the Edmonton Oilers
|Head coach of the New York Rangers