When the Edmonton Oilers face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight at Rexall Place, it will be a milestone in the career of Ken Lowe. The game will mark the 1,500th career regular season game for the Oilers Head Medical Trainer.
A 28-year veteran of the athletic training profession, Lowe is in his 20th season with the Oilers. He joined the organization on July 6, 1989 and was a member of the 1990 Stanley Cup championship team. Lowe was also the athletic trainer for the Western Conference All-Stars at the 1997 NHL All-Star Game in San Jose, California and the 2009 NHL All-Star Game in Montreal, Quebec.
Besides his role with the Oilers, Lowe has represented Canada on the international stage five times. He was Canada’s athletic therapist at both the 2002 (gold medal) and 2006 (7th place) Winter Olympics, the 2004 World Cup of Hockey (gold medal), 1996 World Cup of Hockey (2nd place) and the gold medal winning team at the 1994 World Championship in Milan, Italy.
Prior to joining the Edmonton training staff, Lowe spent seven successful seasons (1982 to 1988) with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League. During his tenure as athletic therapist with the Esks, he was member of Grey Cup championship teams in 1982 and 1987.
The holder of a Master of Arts Degree specializing in Athletic Training and Conditioning from the University of Alberta, Lowe has an extensive background in sports medicine. As well as his experience with the CFL Eskimos, Lowe was a training assistant with the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL from 1975-78.
Graduating with an Honours Science Degree in Bio Physical Education from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, he served as the head athletic therapist at his alma mater for three years, 1979-81, working extensively with the Stingers' intercollegiate athletic teams. He was inducted into Concordia’s Sports Hall of Fame on June 2, 2005.
The Edmonton Oilers 30th Anniversary Season is presented in part by the Rexall Family of Pharmacies, Bell, Molson Canadian, ATB Financial and Ford.