That Lowry set his sights on a hockey career after watching his father, Dave Lowry, finish up a career of more than 1,000 NHL games is evidence he feels just fine filling big shoes.
Winnipeg's third-round pick (No. 67) in the 2011 NHL Draft, the St. Louis-born Lowry grew up mainly in Calgary, where his father played the final four years of his NHL career.
Lowry's hockey education included up-close-and-personal observations of the likes of Jarome Iginla, Patrick Marleau and Stu Barnes. The lessons learned from them and others helped the 6-foot-5, 210-pound Lowry become a hard-charging center who enjoys using his massive frame to take the play to the opposition.
As a rookie during the 2014-15 season, Lowry led the Jets with 255 hits while finishing tied for 15th among all rookies with 11 goals. Lowry scored a memorable first NHL goal in the sixth game of his rookie season. On Oct. 21, 2014, he was skating through the high slot when he tipped a shot from the point past Carolina Hurricanes goalie Anton Khudobin for the game-winning goal of a 3-1 Jets victory.
On Dec. 9, 2014, Lowry's two second-period goals less than two minutes apart broke a 2-2 tie with the Dallas Stars and gave him the second game-winning goal of his rookie season.
Lowry also played in all four of Winnipeg's games during the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. His first NHL playoff goal, less than three minutes into the first game of the Jets' first-round series against the Anaheim Ducks, was also the first postseason goal for the franchise since it relocated from Atlanta for the 2011-12 season. Lowry had assists in each of Winnipeg's next two games to give him three points and tie him with Bryan Little as the team's playoff scoring leader that year.
Lowry continued to find ways to contribute off the score sheet in his second season. In 2015-16, Lowry finished second on the club with 187 hits, and among Winnipeg forwards he finished second in blocked shots (48) and fourth in takeaways (33). The showing earned Lowry a two-year contract in the summer of 2016. He had an NHL career-high 15 goals in 2016-17 and became a useful bottom-six forward.
Not always a grinder, Lowry finished his junior career as a scoring star with Swift Current of the Western Hockey League. Lowry's 45 goals, 88 points and 102 penalty minutes in 2012-13 earned him the Four Broncos Memorial Trophy as the league's player of the year. As a WHL rookie in 2009-10, he won the Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Trophy given annually to the league's top scholastic player.
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