Edmonton – The line was 20 years long for Kevin Lowe, who toured with six Hockey Hall of Fame teammates and Glenn Sheather’s HHF producer.
By the time Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Glenn Anderson, Paul Coffey, Zari Curie, and Grant Fuhr were fed, it seemed as if the hall’s doors had closed on the old Edmonton Oilers, just as they reached the front of the Lowe’s Line.
“I no longer see myself as a Hall of Famer,” Lowe admitted last Wednesday, hours after receiving an induction call from HHF chairman Lanny MacDonald after 20 years of qualification. “I have the Hall of Fame for Bobby Orr, Jean Belleau, Gordy Ha, Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier.
“Even though I know I have a national player in the Hall of Fame … I realized you have to keep more points, win awards. My dream has always been to win the Stanley Cup – the Hall of Fame was something I never dreamed of. When I saw that Lani McDonald was calling me, I thought to myself, ‘Surely he is not telling me to call because I have not entered.
“It’s all surreal to me.”
Kevin Hugh Lowe, of Lachut in Queer, was ultimately the old school defender. He played 1,254 games between 1979 and 1998 and will eventually retire to his No. 4 in Edmonton, undoubtedly he was Olar’s first draft pick and the franchise’s first NHL goal scorer.
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He plays in a way that today’s player refrains from actively doing, one night when Bernie Federco, who had stopped a game in St. Louis, looked down and asked, “Who’s bleeding?”
It looks like Lo’s skate is covered in blood and is now floating.
He told me this once, towards the end of his career when that invisible enemy Vertigo held him: “You said you saw them. “Now it’s a consensus,” he said. “I had a lot of plenty. “
That quote makes you cringe today. But inside this dressing room, in the days before we know what we now know about conjecture, there were players like Lowe who faked culture.
“They wouldn’t have been without Edmonton Oilers Kevin Locke. He was an adult in the room, “Mark Messia emailed Wednesday.” I was one of the contestants in every game and the players demanded more through his perfect determination.
“This is a great day for all Euler fans and organizations. What a teammate. What a winner. What an incredible ambassador for the organization. ”
Lo is the measuring stick against which teammates expressed interest in playing through pain; The guy who wasn’t always on the ice when the Eulers scored five goals on their night but was regularly employed on late penalty kills, or when the opponent had an empty net, in those final moments when ’80s hockey became particularly dangerous.
“Paul Bunyan rules,” said Lowe in the final 45 seconds of a game when the rear team didn’t think about taking a penalty and the referee somehow swallowed his whistle. That was the time of the lol, the key window in sealing the victory as it was for the glamor boys who beat these silk duo early in the night.
“Of course, there are people out there who would rather watch Paul Coffee stick to the ice,” Lo, now 1 year old, told me. “But it may not be. “Maybe, with one minute left in the game, they’ll see me there.”
He was married to Canadian Olympic skier Karen Percy. But the Eulers had enough of those players.
Jeff Merek and Elliott Friedman Hockey talk to a lot of people around the world and then they tell the audience everything they have heard and what they say about it.
“You’re one of the most reliable defense forces you’ve ever imagined,” said McDonald, longtime Calgary Flame. “But more importantly, we all knew he was the leader of the pack. Yes, they had Gretzky, they had twenty, they had Messier, they had Anderson, they had Grant Fuhr. But every time something happened… Kevin Lowe’s was thick. They were like wolf packs and that wolf was doing a job in front of them. When something needed to be said, or something had to be done on the ice, we knew he would start it.
“That’s why in 19 years he has only missed the playoffs once and won six Stanley Cups.”
Lowe’s star hit came when he returned from the New York Rangers to take care of the Dark Decades of Whalers and most of the younger fans who didn’t have a history with him rightly questioned the whole “Old Boys Club” routine. They rented street signs to ask for his removal, and their passion was to ridicule the man, as much fun as the executive. It was a tragic time.
Through all of this, Loi is the only one of these great wallers. Whose primary home is still in snowy Edmonton after so many years.
He took that role. Because Lo was never afraid to see this dirty work.
“The goal was always about winning,” he said. “Gretz, Zari, Mess and Andy did most of the scoring after the pieces fell apart. But we did our part to try to win as a player. If the night was not going well for them and they were not keeping things up, then someone like us needed to take action
Smart, relentless and accountable, when it came to bus boys, Lo was actually an adult in that room.
“I quickly realized that I had to find my own place in the team,” he said. “I had aggressive DNA when I came to Pro … but all I wanted to do was find a place in the team – and win.
“We discovered the formula pretty well.”