Oilers Make Lowe General Manager
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) _ Kevin Lowe became general manager of the Edmonton Oilers on Friday, two days after he resigned as their coach.
``I’m going to be what I’ve been for my whole career,″ Lowe said. ``I’m going to be honest and hardworking and hope to continue the same sort of pride and respect and tradition that the Oilers have shown since we all began in 1979.″
He replaces Glen Sather, who resigned May 19 and moved to the New York Rangers as general manager and president. There was speculation that Lowe would be reunited with Sather in New York as coach, but he chose to stay in Edmonton.
Lowe, 41, was the first player drafted by Edmonton when it joined the NHL in 1979 and scored the team’s first goal. He won five Stanley Cups with the Oilers and one with the Rangers as a defenseman.
Lowe announced the end of his playing days in July 1998, and immediately became an Oilers assistant coach. He was head coach one season later, as Edmonton went 32-34-16 and was knocked out in the first round of the playoffs by the Dallas Stars.
``I don’t feel it was as natural an evolution as perhaps everybody else felt,″ Lowe said, ``But certainly I do feel that I am ready.″
Now he becomes the architect for a team with a $25 million player payroll, near the bottom of the league.
``We believe that Kevin is the right choice,″ Oilers chairman Cal Nichols said. ``We hope it will help make the transition from a proud past to a promising future.″
Oilers assistant coach Craig MacTavish is expected to replace Lowe as head coach.