Oilers retire Kevin Lowe’s number four

Kevin Lowe (Connor Mah, Wikimedia Commons)

The Edmonton Oilers honoured Kevin Lowe of Lachute, Quebec on Friday night by retiring his number four prior to the Oilers game against the New York Rangers according to Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal. Lowe won five Stanley Cups with the Oilers (1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, and 1990).

In 1037 games with the Oilers, Lowe had 74 goals and 309 assists for 383 points. He was also a +240 with 1236 penalty minutes, 53 power-play points, 25 shorthanded points, 11 game-winning goals, and 1097 shots on goal.

Lowe’s best season came in the 1983-84 season, the year the Oilers won their first Stanley Cup. That season he had career highs in assists (42), points (46), and power-play assists (seven).

Despite being a defensive-minded defenseman, Lowe still represented the Oilers at six National Hockey League All-Star Games (1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, and 1990). He also won the King Clancy Award for outstanding leadership and humanitarianism while with the Oilers in 1990.

Lowe becomes the seventh Canadian to have his number retired by the Oilers. He follows Al Hamilton of Flin Flon, Manitoba (number three), Paul Coffey of Weston, Ontario (number seven),  Glenn Anderson of Vancouver, British Columbia (number nine), Mark Messier of Edmonton, Alberta (number 11), Grant Fuhr of Spruce Grove, Alberta (number 31), and Wayne Gretzky of Brantford, Ontario (number 99).

On the ice Friday, the Oilers beat the New York Rangers 6-5. The game will be remembered for the amazing game-tying goal by Oilers center Connor McDavid of Richmond Hill, Ontario.


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