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by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

RALEIGH (May 31, 2001) -- The Lowell Lock Monsters announced today that General Manager Tom Rowe will work with head coach Ron Smith as assistant coach for 2001-02.

Rowe will focus his attention entirely on hockey operations with the Lock Monsters organization. Rowe’s responsibilities will include signing free agent players and assisting in player development.

“Becoming the Lock Monsters assistant coach will allow me to work with our players on a daily basis,” said Rowe. “We can work with the players on a more individual and consistent basis, helping them to eventually play with the Carolina Hurricanes.”

Rowe spent seven seasons (1976 – 1983) in the National Hockey League with the Washington, Hartford and Detroit organizations. He ended his career with the Edmonton Oilers’ American Hockey League affiliate Moncton Alpines. Rowe also spent time with the AHL’s Springfield, Binghamton and Hershey organizations.

During his final season with the Red Wings organization, Rowe shared the ice with Carolina General Manager Jim Rutherford. Both Rowe and Rutherford split the 1982-83 season between Detroit and its AHL affiliate Adriondack Red Wings. Prior to that Rowe shared the ice with 18-year-old Whalers rookie Ron Francis.

Rutherford announced the Hurricanes’ affiliation with Lowell December 18, 2000. The Hurricanes named Smith head coach on May 18. Smith previously coached Carolina prospects in the International Hockey League and posts a career minor league coaching record of 335-207-59.

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