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Of all the great players who have worn Oilersí colours over the teamís 25 years of residency in the National Hockey League, there may be none who bleeds team colours more than Kevin Lowe.
The Lachute, Quebec-born defender was the first-ever NHL draft choice of the Oilers in 1979, selected with the last pick in the first round. He scored the first-ever NHL goal in Oilersí history on October 10, 1979, against the Chicago Blackhawks. He wore the Oiler uniform on his chest more than any other man in history; he suited up for the Oilers a record 1,037 times in his career, with 172 more playoff appearances. Both are all-time highs in team history.
Kevin LoweRegarded as an intense competitor, Lowe expected success every time his skates touched the ice. It is a tradition he continues today as the current general manager of the hockey club.
Lowe caught the attention of Oilersí scouts as the first-ever Anglo captain of the Quebec Remparts; the same Quebec major junior hockey club that had a decade before produced the great Guy Lafleur. Unlike most defenceman who immediately play in the minors after the draft, the Oilers thrust Lowe into the NHL schedule right away.
That first game was a launching pad for a great Oilersí career that saw Lowe participate in all five of the teamís Stanley Cup wins. The Oilers named him their defenceman of the year three times (1982, 1987 and 1988), and he won the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 1990 for combining on-ice excellence with community service. Lowe also proudly wore the red maple leaf of the national team on his chest for two major tournaments: the 1982 World Championships and the 1984 Canada Cup. He played in six All-Star games during his time in Edmonton and named the captain of the Oilers after Mark Messier joined the New York Rangers in 1991.
A year later, he would reunite with Messier in New York. He joined the Rangers for the 1992-93 season, and again he was selected to play in the All-Star Game for the seventh time in his career. The Rangers were an on-ice bust that season, failing to miss the playoff, and costing Lowe his only season out of the playoffs.
The next season Lowe, Messier and several of their ex-Oiler teammates would be responsible for New York's revival. The Rangers won their first Stanley Cup in 54 years with a seven-game final series victory over the Vancouver Canucks. Lowe now has six rings in his possession.
Lowe remained with the Rangers until 1996, when the Oilers called him again. He returned to Edmonton, to act as a teacher and a veteran presence for a young, exciting team. He played 64 games in the 1996-97 season, but injuries only allowed him to play only seven games the following year.
Kevin Lowe holds the Edmonton Oilers record for most regular season and playoff games played as an Oiler (1037 and 172). He was the team's first-ever NHL draft pick, and scored their first NHL goal (a power play goal against the Chicago Blackhawks assisted by Wayne Gretzky and Brett Callighen). During his professional hockey career, Lowe did not play a single game in the minor leagues, and his teams only once failed to make the playoffs.
-NHL all-star in 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, and 1993.
-King Clancy Memorial Trophy winner in 1990
-Six time Stanley Cup winner.