The Winnipeg Jets have added Dave Lowry to the team’s coaching staff, the team announced on Monday.
#NHLJets have hired Dave Lowry as an assistant coach.
Lowry spent the 19-20 season as head coach of the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings and has previously been an assistant coach for two different NHL clubs; the Los Angeles Kings and Calgary Flames.
— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) November 23, 2020
Lowry, who had a successful 1,084-game career as a player in the NHL, has an extensive coaching background. His coaching resume includes gigs as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Kings and Calgary Flames, head coaching jobs for the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings and Victoria Royals, and as Team Canada’s U-20 head coach.
He won WHL Coach of the Year in both 2013-14 and 2015-16 and helped Canada win gold at the 2016 World Juniors.
And, of course, it must be mentioned that Lowry’s son is Winnipeg Jets forward Adam Lowry. While this might look like nepotism on the surface, there’s no denying Lowry’s incredibly successful career in hockey, both as a player and a coach. The Jets clearly aren’t adding him to their coaching staff just because he’s somebody’s dad.
The father-son dynamic is something that has been seen in the NHL before. A few years ago, the Edmonton Oilers had Keith Acton as an assistant coach while his son Will Acton was on the roster, and well before that, Bill Dineen coached the Philadelphia Flyers while Kevin Dineen was playing for the team.