The Seattle Kraken are bringing in another veteran name behind the bench, adding Dave Lowry as an assistant coach. Lowry leaves the Winnipeg Jets where he served as interim head coach last season, following Paul Maurice’s midseason exit. Kraken general manager Ron Francis released the following statement:
Dave brings experience to our coaching staff. He had a long and successful NHL playing career and has significant coaching experience at the NHL and junior ranks. Dave will be a valuable addition to Dave Hakstol’s staff.
Lowry, 57, appeared in more than 1,000 games in the NHL over a long playing career, which included stops with the Vancouver Canucks, St. Louis Blues, Florida Panthers, San Jose Sharks, and Calgary Flames, even serving as captain of the latter for a short time. As a coach, he has several stops around the league and was twice named the WHL Coach of the Year while with the Victoria Royals.
With so much experience coaching young players, he’ll be a valuable resource for the Kraken as they try to build through the draft. The team also has several new additions like Andre Burakovsky, Oliver Bjorkstrand, and Justin Schultz who will try to turn their fortunes around quickly and contend for the playoffs in year two of the franchise’s history.
Lowry joins Hakstol’s staff which also includes Jay Leach and Paul McFarland as assistants.