Calgary, AB – The Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club is pleased to announce Head Coach Dave Lowry has accepted an assistant coaching position with the Calgary Flames.
“Dave did a tremendous job with the Calgary Hitmen and it comes as no surprise an NHL job has come his way,” said Hitmen General Manager Kelly Kisio. “He’s a great teacher and one of the top up and coming coaches in the game. I have no doubt he’ll continue to succeed at the NHL level.”
As a rookie head coach last season Lowry guided the Hitmen to the Western Hockey League’s best regular season record (59-9-3-1) setting 22 franchise records in the process. The team also captured the Eastern Conference Championship.
Lowry joined the Hitmen prior to the 2005/06 season spending a total of four years with the organization. His first two seasons as an assistant coach, one year as the associate coach and last season as the head coach.
Lowry returns to the NHL where he played 19 seasons with five different teams (Vancouver, St. Louis, Florida, San Jose, Calgary). He appeared in 1084 career regular season games along with 111 playoff games.
The search for a new Calgary Hitmen head coach will begin immediately.
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