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Edmonton Oilers legend Kevin Lowe retires from team's front office

The Edmonton Oilers have announced that Kevin Lowe is retiring from his position in the team's front office. Lowe has spent more than 40 years with the Oilers, working most recently as the club's vice chair and alternate governor.
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Former Edmonton Oilers player Kevin Lowe speaks during his jersey retirement ceremony in Edmonton on Friday, November 5, 2021. The Edmonton Oilers have announced that Lowe is retiring from his position in the team's front office.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

EDMONTON — The Edmonton Oilers have announced that Kevin Lowe is retiring from his position in the team's front office.

Lowe has spent more than 40 years with the Oilers, working most recently as the club's vice chair and alternate governor. He will continue to be an ambassador for the team.

“Very few have had the impact that Kevin has had, both on and off the ice," Oilers chairman Bob Nicholson said in a statement. "He exemplifies leadership and has done so much to help connect the organization with our fans, while supporting so many worthwhile causes in our community. 

"He is a teammate, leader and friend to so many in the organization and we congratulate him on an amazing career and are excited for this next chapter of his career.”

Lowe was the Oilers' first ever draft pick in 1979 and won five Stanley Cups with Edmonton. He also helped the New York Rangers to a championship title in 1994.

The 63-year-old native of Lachute, Que., retired from playing in 1998 after amassing 431 points (84 goals, 347 assists) and 1,498 penalty minutes across 1,254 regular-season NHL games with the Oilers and Rangers.

Lowe served as Edmonton's head coach during the 1999-2000 season and as the club's general manager from 2000 to 2008.

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

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 2, 2022. 

The Canadian Press