Perhaps it was a reach, but in defeat Thursday, Lowe acknowledged a parallel between his ousted Edmonton Oil Kings and a certain Stanley Cup dynasty his father, Kevin Lowe, patrolled the blueline for three decades ago. It's apples-to-oranges to compare major junior hockey with the NHL, but the younger Lowe knows the story well.
The 1980s Oilers took two big pratfalls in the playoffs — losing in 1982 to the Los Angeles Kings after finishing 48 points ahead of them and being swept by the New York Islanders in the '83 final. Then they won those five Stanley Cups. That was another time, another level of hockey. With combination of the Oil Kings' youth, an average age of 17.5 years, and ignominy of being the first team eliminated at the MasterCard Memorial Cup, it fits. At least in scale-model terms.
"It was in Wayne Gretzky's book," said the 6-foot-3, 186-pound Lowe, who was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes last summer after deciding that joining the Oilers would be an awkward fit since his dad is the club president . "I was reading it one time, they lost to the Islanders and walking by their room on the way out of rink the door's open and they say their guys sitting in front of their stalls with ice bags everywhere, banged up. They realized that's what it takes to win.
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