When the first hints of retired Hockey Canada boss Bob Nicholson being hired by Edmonton began to break, the social media “Kevin Lowe Has Got To Go” fans were all over it. The Oilers are replacing Kevin Lowe with Bob Nicholson! Uh, no. Far from it. Lowe played a part in it happening. And with Nicholson in place in the new umbrella organization to be known as Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG), the head of hockey operations — K. Lowe — will actually carry the same title as Nicholson: vice-chairman. “Bob and Kevin are vice-chairmen reporting to Daryl,” explained communications v-p Tim Shipton in opening the press conference Friday at the Westin. And Nicholson’s hire doesn’t elbow Patrick LaForge out of the picture, either. LaForge goes forward as president and COO of the new group. There were three chairs on the raised dais for the press conference, with Lowe and Nicholson flanking LaForge wen they took their seats. Nicholson included both in his opening statement. “As I come on board today I look at the organization and I look at team first. I look at Kevin Lowe. We’ve been together for 14 years. In the Olympic Games there have only been two people on management to win three Olympic golds. Kevin, you are a huge part of that. And I really look forward to working with you in this organization. “To Patrick, you know I look back at all the moments in Hockey Canada and there’s no question the biggest and the best World Junior was when Edmonton and Calgary hosted. Over the last couple of years I continued to talk about how great the organization was here in Edmonton. And I really look forward to working with all the staff in the organization.” In a media scrum after the press conference Nicholson said he’s not a hired gun coming in here to shoot up the place.
Despite rumours, Oilers executives Kevin Lowe and Patrick LaForge keep their jobs
Edmonton Sun | Jun 15