KEVIN LOWE IS ONLY THE SECOND-BEST athlete in his home. In May his
wife, skier Karen Percy, who won two bronze medals in the 1988
Olympics, learned that she would be inducted into the Canadian Sports
Hall of Fame.
Lowe has ridden shotgun for his housemates before, having roomed
with Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier. Lowe has been the quietly
efficient defenseman on teams of marquee names, for 13 seasons with
the Edmonton Oilers and now for two with the New York Rangers. Yet,
he is a seven-time All-Star and has long been one of the NHL players
most liked and respected by his peers. He was the first guy ever
drafted by Edmonton, in 1979, and he scored that franchise's first
NHL goal. And even as the other original Oilers retired or were
traded, Lowe endured. That is, until Dec. 11, 1992, when he was sent
to the Rangers.
After Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against the New
Jersey Devils, Ranger coach Mike Keenan cited Lowe for establishing
the tempo of the game with several crunching bodychecks in the first
period. However, the game is better remembered for the two thunderous
hits delivered by Messier in the game's first minute. Once again,
Lowe had to ride shotgun. -- C.S.