The LA Kings have named Dave Lowry as an Assistant Coach, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake and Kings Head Coach John Stevens announced today.
Lowry joins Stevens' coaching staff which also features Goaltending Coach Bill Ranford. An additional assistant coach will be announced at a later date.
Lowry has an extensive coaching resume that includes experience at the NHL and Western Hockey League (WHL) levels. He was recently named the WHL Coach of the Year, the second time he's earned that honor. Lowry was also the Head Coach of Canada's National Junior Team at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship.
"Dave has a wealth of experience as both a player and a coach and we're excited to have him join our team. He played over 1,000 games in the NHL and was a great teammate as a player. As a coach, he's really detailed, he relates well with players and he is driven to win," Stevens said.
Most recently, Lowry served as the head coach for the Victoria Royals (WHL) for the past five seasons. His club posted a winning record each season and made the playoffs four of the five years (they advanced to the second round on three occasions). Overall the team posted a 209-124-27 record under Lowry's direction.
"I am very excited to join the Kings and John Stevens' coaching staff, " Lowry said. "I have a great deal of familiarity with the Kings and the way they help prepare and develop players in particular and I believe I have a good understanding and appreciation of the professionalism of the LA Kings on the whole.
I am also appreciative of the time I have spent with the Victoria Royals including Graham Lee as the owner, Cameron Hope as the general manager and my entire staff in Victoria."
Before the Royals, Lowry spent close to a decade with the Calgary Flames organization in a number of different capacities. For three seasons (2009-12), he was an assistant coach with the Flames.
Prior to that, he garnered his first coaching experience with the Calgary Hitmen (WHL) where he served as head coach, associate head coach and assistant coach at different times. In 2009, his lone season at the helm, his squad advanced to the Final.
In 2003-04, Lowry concluded his playing career. He originally broke in with the Vancouver Canucks in 1985 and went on to play for the St. Louis Blues, Florida Panthers, San Jose Sharks and Flames (where he served as team co-captain for two seasons). In total, he played in 1,084 NHL regular season games and totaled 351 points (164-187=351) and put up 1,191 penalty minutes.
He scored at least 10 goals in six different seasons and he was a member of the Panthers team that advanced to the Stanley Cup Final in 1995.
In the playoffs, Lowry participated in 111 games and recorded 36 points (16-20=36). His playing career ended in 2004 when the Flames lost in the second round.
Lowry, 52 (February 14, 1965), is a native of Sudbury, Ontario.
His son Joel is a player in the Kings system (Joel was selected by the Kings in the fifth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft).