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NHL: Kevin Lowe retires from managing Edmonton Oilers

NHL: Kevin Lowe retires from managing Edmonton Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers announced on Tuesday that Kevin Lowe will be retiring from his role as managing the team.

Lowe spent more than 40 years with the Oilers Organization. In recent years, he was its vice president and assistant governor.

“It’s an exciting time,” Lowe said. I want to spend more time with family (he has five children and two grandchildren), and maybe travel a little more. I thought it might start now. You never know what tomorrow will bring. »

He will continue to serve as an ambassador for the team in addition to having several projects in addition to those mentioned above.

I would like to give lectures and I would like to write a book. Louie said I will occupy myself. I will enjoy being more free with my time. »

A native of Lachute, Que. Lowe, 63, was the Oilers’ first drafted player when they joined the NHL in 1979.

He won the Stanley Cup five times with the team.

He suspended his skates in 1998 after collecting 431 points in 1,254 NHL games with the Oilers and New York Rangers. He won the Stanley Cup for the sixth time with Rangers in 1994.

Lowe served as the Oilers’ head coach in the 1999-00 campaign and then as the team’s general manager from 2000 to 2008.

He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2020 and received the Canada Hockey Medal in 2021.

The Oilers retired from No. 4 in November 2021.

“Very few people have had the same impact as Kevin on and off the ice,” Oilers CEO Bob Nicholson said in a statement. embodies leadership. He has done a lot to reach supporters and support important causes in the community. »

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“We salute his wonderful career and look forward to seeing the rest of his journey.”