Seattle Kraken general manager Ron Francis announced the hiring of veteran coach and former NHL player Dave Lowry yesterday.
Lowry, 57, served as assistant coach and then interim head coach of the Winnipeg Jets last season.
“Dave brings experience to our coaching staff. He has had a long and successful NHL career and has significant coaching experience in the NHL and in the junior ranks. Dave will be a valuable addition to the Dave Hakstol team.”
Lowry has made NHL stops as an assistant coach for the Jets, Los Angeles Kings and Calgary Flames. He served as WHL head coach for 10 seasons, winning WHL Coach of the Year twice during his time with the Victoria Royals. As a player, he played over 1,000 NHL games split between the Vancouver Canucks, St. Louis Blues, Florida Panthers, San Jose Sharks and Calgary Flames. He was never a great point producer during his playing days, but he was always a reliable forward of the last six, capable of killing penalties and playing a tough, forechecking style of hockey. He even captained the Calgary Flames late in his career and helped mentor a young Jarome Iginla.
As a coach, Lowry has a reputation for being good with young players and helping them reach their potential. Considering the Kraken have promising young prospects like Matty Beniers and Shane Wright in their system, Lowry seems like a perfect fit.