The Los Angeles Kings made a change by making John Stevens the team’s next head coach. With Stevens’ promotion, the Kings needed to find candidates to fill the coaching staff after deciding not to keep Davis Payne as an assistant.
One of the openings will be going to Dave Lowry, who spent the last five seasons serving as head coach for the WHL’s Victoria Royals. Stevens released the following statement about the addition according to Kings:
“Dave has a wealth of experience as both a player and a coach and we’re excited to have him join our team. He played over 1,000 games in the NHL and was a great teammate as a player. As a coach, he’s really detailed, he relates well with players and he is driven to win,” Stevens said.
Lowry took the Royals to the playoffs four times while posting a 209-124-27 record. His strong record earned him two WHL Coach of the Year honors for the 2013-14 and 2015-16 seasons. In addition, Lowry was the head coach for Canada’s National Junior Team during the 2016 IHF World Junior Championship.
Lowry played for five teams in 20 NHL seasons and nearly won a Stanley Cup in his final season with the Calgary Flames. In all, Lowry scored 164 goals in 1,084 appearances.
Although never spending time with the Kings, Lowry has a strong affinity for the organization as one of his sons, Joel, spent two seasons in the organization playing for the Ontario Reign.