Oilers’ great Lowe to see jersey raised to Rogers Place rafters


The Edmonton Oilers will honour their first-ever NHL draft pick Friday night by retiring his jersey.

Kevin Lowe’s #4 jersey will be raised to the rafters.

The Hockey Hall of Fame member will also be given a plaque which will be unveiled at the Oilers Hall of Fame Room.

Lowe was the franchise’s first pick in the 1979 NHL draft, chosen in the first round, 21st overall.

The defenceman played 19 seasons in the NHL: 15 with the Oilers and four with the New York Rangers, who the Oilers face off against Friday night. He currently works with the Oilers Entertainment Group.

The 62-year-old won the Stanley Cup five times with Edmonton and once with New York and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in the class of 2020.

As well, he spent one season as head coach of the Oilers, then eight seasons as the team’s general manager.

Lowe’s number will be the eighth retired by the Oilers.

The team prefaced the celebration for Lowe with a gala dinner on Thursday, attended by Lowe’s family and friends and Oilers alumni.

Rogers Place gates open at 4:44 p.m. The jersey retirement ceremony will start at 5:45 p.m. and the pre-game warmup at 7 p.m.

Half of the net proceeds from the gala dinner and Friday’s online 50/50 will benefit four organizations important to the Lowe family: Christmas Bureau of Edmonton, Zebra Child Protection Centre, Sarah McLachlan School of Music and North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper.

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. game were still available Friday morning. 

The Edmonton-New York match up will mark the first time the teams play this season. Edmonton will look to make its three-game win streak a four games. 

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