Junior trophy honour for Lowe

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:56 AM ET

Edmonton Oilers' GM Kevin Lowe kept the engraver busy during the course his hockey career, and he's not done yet.

Lowe, who got his name on six Stanley Cups - five with the Oilers and another with the New York Rangers - during a playing career spanning 19 NHL seasons, is picking up another trophy. This time, there's a twist.

Lowe will be presenting the silverware instead of accepting next Wednesday when the QMJHL awards the Kevin Lowe Trophy as part of its annual Golden Pucks Gala in Montreal.

NEW AWARD

Lowe, who spent three seasons in the QMJHL with the Quebec Remparts before breaking in with the Oilers in 1979-80, will present the new award to the player deemed the league's top defensive defencemen.

"It's an honour," said Lowe, who'll be part of the gala on a swing east that will also see him attend a meeting of general managers in Detroit. "Just to play in that league was a big thing, but to have a trophy named after you is pretty special."

The QMJHL added the trophy in Lowe's name, and the Guy Carbonneau Trophy for the league's top defensive forward, to its existing set of silverware this season.

Lowe was something of a prolific scorer with the Remparts before the Oilers drafted him 21st overall in 1979. He tallied 26-60-86 with Quebec in his final season.

"I guess, relatively speaking, I was a defensive defenceman," said Lowe.

"I tied for the lead in scoring on my team, but Ray Bourque had 93 points in Verdun and Pierre Lacroix had a lot (137) with Trois Rivieres."

The league will induct Guy Chouinard, Claude Lemieux, Andre Savard and Claude Verret into its hall of fame at the gala.

MOVING ON: The Tri-City Americans' move to B.C. could be approved as early as today, meaning the Edmonton Oilers won't be landing the WHL franchise they covet in time for next season.

The Americans, who rebuffed the Oilers latest overture earlier this month, filed for relocation to Chilliwack from Washington March 24. The deadline for WHL teams to request relocation passes today.

The bottom line for the Oilers, who made two formal offers to purchase to Tri-City owner and president Darryl Porter since last summer, is they won't be in the junior hockey business in 2005-06, even if they can find another junior owner who is willing to sell this off-season.

"If anybody out there has a WHL team for sale, please call Patrick," laughs president Patrick LaForge, who made that sales pitch during an interview in Red Deer the other day.

NOT EXPECTING ANYTHING

"I'm not expecting anything. Everybody knows we're out there looking, so what are you going to do? "

The Americans, who relocated to Kennewick, Washington for the 1988-89 season after operating as the New Westminster Bruins, are owned by Porter, New York Rangers' GM Glen Sather and Brian Burke.

The WHL board of governors convenes in Calgary today and will review the application by the Americans to relocate.

Any request to move a franchise requires a two-thirds vote in favour to be approved.


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