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Born June 21, 1950 (1950-06-21) (age 59),
Birtle, MB, CAN
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Pro clubs Toronto Maple Leafs
Washington Capitals
Detroit Red Wings
Quebec Nordiques
Edmonton Oilers
New Jersey Devils
NHL Draft 103rd overall, 1970
Toronto Maple Leafs
Career 1972 – 1985

Ronald Albert "Ron" Low (born June 21, 1950 in Birtle, Manitoba) is a former Canadian ice hockey goaltender and coach.


Playing career

Low played for two years with the Dauphin Kings of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) before turning pro, leading the Kings to the Manitoba championship and the Memorial Cup playoffs each year. Originally selected in the 1970 NHL Amateur Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs, Low only played one season with Toronto before he was left exposed in the 1974 NHL Expansion Draft where he was claimed by the Washington Capitals, where he would spend three seasons and would forever be in the Capitals' record books as the first goalie to get a shutout for the team on February 16, 1975 against the Kansas City Scouts. After being traded to and spending two seasons in the Detroit Red Wings organization, he was claimed by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1979 NHL Expansion Draft. Low was traded to the Edmonton Oilers after playing only 15 games with the Nordiques. He was traded to the New Jersey Devils in 1983, where he completed his NHL career at the end of the 1984–85 NHL season.

Coaching career

After playing six games with the Nova Scotia Oilers of the American Hockey League, he became an assistant coach for the team. During the 1987 season, Low was promoted to assistant coach with the Edmonton Oilers. In 1988, become the head coach of the Nova Scotia Oilers and would remain in that position until 1989 when the team was renamed the Cape Breton Oilers. In 1990, Low was named an assistant coach with the Edmonton Oilers. Six years later he became the head coach of the Oilers, a position he held for four seasons. After coaching the Houston Aeros for a season, he was named the head coach of the New York Rangers. After being relieved of his coaching duties with the Rangers, he would still remain in the organization as a scout until 2004. During the summer of 2004, he became a scout and goaltender coach for the Ottawa Senators. In August 2007, Low was promoted to the position of assistant coach of the Ottawa Senators. He was fired from this position on February 27, 2008.

He won the Stanley Cup in 1987, and 1990 as an assistant coach with the Edmonton Oilers.

Coaching record

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T OTL Pts Division rank Result
EDM 1994-95 13 5 7 1 - (38) 5th in Pacific Missed Playoffs
EDM 1995-96 82 30 44 8 - 68 5th in Pacific Missed Playoffs
EDM 1996-97 82 36 37 9 - 81 3rd in Pacific Lost in Second Round
EDM 1997-98 82 35 37 10 - 80 3rd in Pacific Lost in Second Round
EDM 1998-99 82 33 37 12 - 78 2nd in Northwest Lost in First Round
NYR 2000-01 82 33 43 5 1 74 4th in Atlantic Missed Playoffs
NYR 2001-02 82 36 38 4 4 80 4th in Atlantic Missed Playoffs
Total 505 208 243 49 5

Awards and achievements

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See also

Preceded by
George Burnett
Head Coaches of the Edmonton Oilers
Succeeded by
Kevin Lowe
Preceded by
John Tortorella
Head Coaches of the New York Rangers
Succeeded by
Bryan Trottier


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