New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has named Ron Low as the team’s new head coach. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Low, who becomes the 29th head coach in Rangers history, has been involved with professional hockey since 1970 and has served parts of five seasons as a head coach in the National Hockey League, all with the Edmonton Oilers. He has posted a NHL career coaching record of 139-162-40 in 341 games behind the Oilers bench. Low has reached the playoffs in three of his five NHL seasons as a head coach, advancing to the conference semifinals twice, while posting a 10-18 record in 28 playoff outings. He joined the NHL coaching ranks in August 1989 as an assistant coach for the Oilers, and was a member of the 1990 Stanley Cup championship team.
Last year, Low held the head coaching position with the International Hockey League’s Houston Aeros. In his only season with Houston, he posted a record of 44-29-9 in 82 regular season games, finishing third in the Western Division and fifth overall in the IHL. The Aeros posted a 6-5 record in the 2000 IHL playoffs, falling to Chicago in the second round.
Low was named head coach of the Edmonton Oilers on April 6, 1995, relieving George Burnett after 35 games in the abbreviated 1995-96 season. In 1997, he guided the Oilers back to post-season play for the first time since 1992, where they defeated the Dallas Stars before falling to the defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche.
In 1985-86, Low was named assistant playing coach with Edmonton’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Nova Scotia Oilers. Following two years as an assistant coach, he was named Nova Scotia’s head coach and remained in that position when the team moved to Cape Breton the following season. In two seasons as head coach in the AHL, he compiled an overall record of 62-83-15 in 160 games.
The native of Birtle, Manitoba played in 11 National Hockey League seasons with Toronto, Washington, Detroit, Quebec, Edmonton and New Jersey as a goaltender. He appeared in 382 regular season games, posting a 102-203-38 record, along with a 4.28 goals against average. Low was originally selected by Toronto with their eighth choice, 103rd overall, in the 1970 NHL Entry Draft.
Low and his wife, Linda, have two daughters, Alexandra Juliana and Taylor.