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ALUMNI: Lowe's Hall of Fame induction a product of timing and connections

Developing connections over a 35-year career and being in the right place at the right time helped elevate the former Oilers athletic trainer to hockey's highest honour

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Longtime Oilers Athletic Trainer Ken Lowe had a knack for being in the right place at the right time over 35 years in the profession.

During Canada's quest for gold at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, he was presented the opportunity to play a small but significant role from the treatment room.

Two back-to-back games against Germany and the Czech Republic would decide Canada's fate in the group after an opening loss to Sweden. A serviceable, then 36-year-old Mario Lemieux was critical to determining that outcome.

Fixing an ice pack for Lemieux and his lingering hip issues that stemmed from arthroscopic surgery just over three months earlier, The Magnificent One posed the question to Lowe of playing back-to-back games for the first time in an extended period.

"What do you think?" Lemieux asked.

It would be a defining moment for Canada, and one of the biggest thrills of Lowe's career as a trainer.

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RELEASE: 2019 Al Hamilton Scholarship Award now accepting applications

Applications accepted until May 31, 2019

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

(Edmonton, AB) - The Edmonton Oilers Alumni group is now accepting applications for the Al Hamilton Scholarship Award, a prestigious scholarship that is awarded annually to students from Northern Alberta who excel in academics, athletics and community service. This year, there are two scholarships available for two deserving students. The value of each scholarship is $2,000 per school year to a maximum of four (4) years, equating to $8,000. Applications for this award will be accepted until May 31, 2019. High school students and prospective university or college students in Northern Alberta are eligible to apply.

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RELEASE: Ken Lowe announced as 2019 inductee

The Professional Hockey Athletic Trainer's Society announced that Ken Lowe, former Oilers Athletic Trainer, will be honoured as the 2019 Hall of Fame inductee at the annual conference in June.

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

(Edmonton, AB) - The Professional Hockey Athletic Trainer's Society (PHATS) and the Society of Professional Hockey Equipment Managers (SPHEM) announced this week that Ken Lowe, former Edmonton Oilers Athletic Trainer, will be honoured as the 2019 Hall of Fame inductee at the PHATS/SPHEM annual conference in June. Ken will be honoured by his peers for his contribution and service to the profession at the Hall of Fame dinner and included on the PHATS/SPHEM Wall of Honour in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

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ALUMNI: Lowe among esteemed company being named Quebec Remparts All-Star

Alongside the likes of Guy Lafleur, Lowe was named to the Remparts' All-Star Team from 1969 to 1985 as part of ongoing celebrations for the QMJHL's 50th anniversary

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Oilers alumni defenceman and Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) Vice Chair and Alternate Governor Kevin Lowe joined esteemed company on Friday in Quebec City before puck drop between the Quebec Remparts and Saint John Sea Dogs.

Alongside the likes of Guy Lafleur, André Savard, Réal Cloutier, Mario Marois, and the late Maurice Barrette and head coach Maurice Filion, Lowe was named to the Remparts' All-Star Team from 1969 to 1985 as part of ongoing celebrations for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's (QMJHL) 50th anniversary.

"I have really fond memories of playing in Quebec City and I'm very proud of the honour," Lowe said to EdmontonOilers.com. "When I left my hometown to go play junior, I thought that was the pinnacle. Then I was fortunate enough to go on and play in the NHL and have success there. I have great memories of my days in Quebec City playing for the Remparts."

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: Oilers All-Star Assembly

Ahead of the NHL All-Star Weekend, EdmontonOilers.com takes a look back at prior Oilers All-Star Game appearances

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

During the Oilers 40th Anniversary Season, EdmontonOilers.com is looking back at the history of the franchise weekly with Throwback Thursdays.

EDMONTON, AB - Before Connor and Leon, it was Wayne & Co. 

Before it was a 3-on-3 skirmish, with the four NHL quadrants (Pacific, Central, Atlantic and Metropolitan) vying against one another for All-Star supremacy, it was the reigning Stanley Cup champs stick all, East vs. West then North America vs. World.

Before fans voted online to decide which players would attend and before teams were selected in a gym class style, club general managers worked in conjunction with the NHL's Hockey Operations Department to decide All-Star rosters - which would, at times, cause favouritism.

Video: ALL STAR | Leon's Top 10

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: No lack in numbers

EdmontonOilers.com looks at the different rarities, common sights and unique facts behind the variety in digits worn by Oilers players over the club's 40-year history

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

During the Oilers 40th Anniversary Season, EdmontonOilers.com is looking back at the history of the franchise weekly with Throwback Thursdays

EDMONTON, AB - What's in a number?

You'd have to ask the Oilers players who've made up the 654 different number combinations in franchise history on what led them to go with their choice.

If it's not the name on the back or the crest on the front, numbers are a big identifier for fans and players alike. 97 has become synonymous with Connor McDavid, and 34 always comes to mind when thinking of another Oilers favourite like Fernando Pisani.

It could've been their birth year like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins' 93, a special familial connection to 45 for Joe Gambardella, or just the one they were assigned when they were younger like Mikko Koskinen's unorthodox number 19 as a goalie, but numbers can say a lot about a player and the style of hockey they play.

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: Holiday history

The Oilers have celebrated the holidays on 12 occasions with a 6-4-1-1 record overall on Boxing Day against the Rockies, Flames and Canucks

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

During the Oilers 40th Anniversary Season, EdmontonOilers.com is looking back at the history of the franchise weekly with Throwback Thursdays.

EDMONTON, AB - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Oil Country.

Games on Christmas used to be a common sight in the NHL before the league ended the practice in 1972. A year later, games on Christmas Eve were scrapped as well, leaving Boxing Day as the only festive fixture remaining over the holiday period.

The Oilers weren't around in the early '70s to celebrate December 25 at the rink, but the club throughout its history has played 12 games on the following day and are 6-4-1-1 overall on Boxing Day against three opponents ­- the Colorado Rockies, the Calgary Flames, and the Vancouver Canucks.

As part of a festive Throwback Thursday, EdmontonOilers.com looks at the Oilers history on Boxing Day.

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: 2016 Heritage Classic

Cam Talbot became the third goaltender in NHL history to record a shutout in an outdoor game as the Oilers blanked the Jets 3-0 at Investors Group Field.

by Tony Brar / EdmontonOilers.com

During the Oilers 40th Anniversary Season, EdmontonOilers.com is looking back at the history of the franchise weekly with Throwback Thursdays.

EDMONTON, AB - Oilers 3, Jets 0 | Box Score

It was the second outdoor game in the franchise's history. Thirteen years after Edmonton played in the NHL's first outdoor game in 2003, the Oilers faced the Jets at Investors Group Field, home of the CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Some would call it the ideal conditions for a game outdoors. However, temperatures above zero degrees Celsius didn't stop Cam Talbot from rocking a toque on his helmet, just as Jose Theodore first did it back in 2003.

And with over 33,000 fans in attendance, it was number 33 between the pipes who stole the spotlight. 

Talbot turned aside all 31 shots he faced for the 12th shutout of his career, becoming the third goaltender in NHL history to record a shutout "under the lights."

 Video: Heritage Classic Recap on NHL Now

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: Return to Royalty

As the retro royal blue jerseys make a return to Rogers Place, EdmontonOilers.com looks back at the team's 1990 Stanley Cup victory.

by Tony Brar / EdmontonOilers.com

During the Oilers 40th Anniversary Season, EdmontonOilers.com is looking back at the history of the franchise weekly with Throwback Thursdays.

EDMONTON, AB - Oilers 4, Bruins 1 | Box Score

"Once again, Hockey Night in Canada salutes the Edmonton Oilers. Stanley Cup champions, 1990!"

It was the fifth and final Stanley Cup victory during the Oilers dynasty. Yet, there were a few notable differences in the championship photo this time around.

For one, there was no Wayne Gretzky hoisting hockey's ultimate prize. Instead, it was Mark Messier who dawned the 'C' - his first championship as team captain and fifth Cup overall.

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: Eliminating Hitch and the Stars

In one of the most iconic games in team history, the Edmonton Oilers defeat Ken Hitchcock and the Dallas Stars in Game 7 with Todd Marchant's overtime winner.

by Tony Brar / EdmontonOilers.com

During the Oilers 40th Anniversary Season, EdmontonOilers.com is looking back at the history of the franchise weekly with Throwback Thursdays.

EDMONTON, AB - Oilers 4, Stars 3 (OT) | Box Score

It's one of the most iconic games in Edmonton Oilers history.

Ron Low and the Edmonton Oilers versus Ken Hitchcock and the Dallas Stars. Game seven.

The Oilers were making their first post-season appearance in five seasons. Led by Doug Weight, Ryan Smyth and Curtis Joseph, Edmonton squeaked into the NHL Playoffs with a 36-37-9 record - one of four teams to qualify for the playoffs with a winning percentage below 50 percent.  

Ken Hitchcock led a Dallas squad featuring Mike Modano, Joe Nieuwendyk and Andy Moog to first place in the Central Division (48-26-8). The 1996-97 season was Hitchcock's first full season behind the bench - he was hired halfway through the 95-96 season, replacing Bob Gainey.

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