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April 29, 2015

Ross Lowe

Ross Lowe's story is a tragic one.

Ross Lowe was a promising junior star with four seasons for the Oshawa Generals in the late 1940s. He played all positions, including defense and all forward spots, notably on left wing. He was described as "a speedy skater, a fine scorer, and an aggressive competitor."

The Boston Bruins tried bringing Lowe slowly, apprenticing him in the minor leagues for two seasons before giving him a limited role with the team in 1950-51. In 43 games he scored five goals and eight points.

The Montreal Canadiens had always had interest in Lowe's abilities, and moved Hal Laycoe to the Bruins for Lowe in 1951. But Lowe couldn't get untracked in Montreal, scoring just one goal and six points.

The Habs sent Lowe to the minor leagues. He almost disappeared for a couple of seasons, skating in Buffalo and then heading west to Victoria.

In 1954-55 with the AHL Springfield Indians returned with a vengeance when he scored 32 goals and 82 points and was named as the American Hockey League's most valuable player.

The New York Rangers spent $15,000 to acquire his contract for the 1955-56 season, yet Lowe's return to NHL never happened. In the summer of 1955 tragedy struck. While vacationing with his wife and two children, he drowned in Lake Haliburton, Ontario. He reportedly exhausted himself while trying to swim after a boat that had drifted away thanks to heavy gusts of wind.

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