Tag: Keegan Lowe


Video: Vincent Lecavalier injured after two fights with Keegan Lowe


One player (Keegan Lowe) is currently making his NHL debut and is probably best known for being Kevin Lowe’s son. The other (Vincent Lecavalier) has played more than 1,000 games and ranks as one of the most expensive frequent-healthy scratches you’ll see.

It’s an unlikely pairing for two bouts on Thursday, but that’s exactly what happened between Lowe of the Carolina Hurricanes and Lecavalier of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Lowe, 22, got the best of Lecavalier in the first fight.

It seems like the 34-year-old may have bent the rules a bit in getting revenge against Lowe later on, as Lecavalier received an instigator, misconduct and fighting major for the second squabble:

We’ll have to keep an eye out for these two if they meet again in the future.

Update: It turns out that Lecavalier suffered an upper-body injury from the fight(s). The Flyers announced that more will be known on Friday.

Canes add LaRose, cut nine

Chad LaRose

The Carolina Hurricanes announced Saturday the club has added forward Chad LaRose to its’ training camp roster on a professional tryout.

LaRose, who sat out the entire 2013-14 season, signed a contract with the Hurricanes’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers, this summer.

The 32-year-old scored 85 goals and 80 points to go along with 286 penalty minutes in 508 career NHL games all with Carolina before missing last season.

Additionally, the Canes’ announced defensemen Trevor Carrick, Dennis Robertson and Keegan Lowe along with goaltender Daniel Altshuller were assigned to the Checkers.

Carolina has placed forwards Ben Holmstrom, Justin Shugg, Greg Nemisz and Jared Staal on waivers. All four will be assigned to Charlotte if they clear.

Forward Kyle Hagel, who has an AHL contract with Charlotte, has been released from Hurricanes’ camp.

Family ties: Hurricanes draft Kevin Lowe’s son Keegan, add their third Sutter

Brandon Sutter, Ondrej Pavelec

When reflecting upon many of the Carolina Hurricanes’ personnel (bringing back Erik Cole, Cory Stillman and Anton Babchuk) and front office (hiring and promoting former stars Ron Francis and Rod Brind’Amour) moves over the years, it becomes clear that this franchise values familiarity. After studying their second day draft moves, it’s apparent they also value family ties.

Canes GM Jeremy Rutherford made two partially genes-based moves today, drafting Kevin Lowe’s son Keegan with their 73rd selection and adding yet another Sutter family member in the form of Brody Sutter with the 193rd pick. It’s almost as if the Hurricanes should play in Nepotism Arena at this point; they currently own the rights to Staal brothers (Eric and Jared), three Sutters (Brody is the cousin of Brent and Brandon Sutter) and Keegan Lowe.

While Rutherford was quick to say that their picks jived with the opinions of scouts, it doesn’t seem like an accident that their NHL-level and minor league rosters seem like a family reunion waiting to happen.

“I think having good bloodlines always helps, but these are players that, when the scouting staff does their list and we get to certain rounds where they fall on our list, they’re selected appropriately,” Rutherford said.

Lowe told The Associated Press that he discussed the possibility of playing for his father’s Edmonton Oilers, but he also wanted to carve his own path.

The younger Lowe went to Carolina with the 73rd pick, after finishing with two goals and 22 assists in 71 games with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League. He said he and Kevin Lowe discussed the possibility of being drafted by the Oilers, but Keegan Lowe decided he’d rather make a name for himself somewhere else.

“We talked about it, if I would like going there, because obviously, if I didn’t want to, it would be up to me,” Keegan Lowe said. “He was just trying to treat me like any other player. He wasn’t going to hate me if I wasn’t going to go with them … but I’m just happy to be picked by Carolina.”

Keegan Lowe will probably get a better chance to make an impact on Carolina’s roster than Brody Sutter will, at least judging by where they were drafted (Lowe is a third round pick, Sutter went in the final round). That being said, if Brody manages to play in the NHL, he would become the ninth Sutter to play hockey at its highest level.

One cannot help but wonder if Carolina’s draft board looks more like a family tree, but such commentary won’t matter much if it pays off for the Hurricanes. Want more draft-related goodness? Head over to Draft HQ

(Note: Brandon Sutter is featured in this main photo, not Brody.)