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ITHACA, N.Y.— The Los Angeles Kings have signed Joel Lowry, Cornell class of 2015, to a two-year entry-level contract, marking the third Cornell hockey player to sign a National Hockey League deal this offseason. In 111 career games with the Big Red, the power forward had 29 goals and 48 assists for 77 points in 111 games.
Originally selected by the Kings in the fifth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Lowry instantly became a consistent contributor with the Big Red. He finished fourth in team scoring with 22 points during his freshman season, playing primarily on a top-scoring line with future professional Sean Collins ’12 and classmate John McCarron ’15 for a team that advanced to the NCAA Midwest Regional final.
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After posting similar numbers in the following two seasons, Lowry’s final campaign with the Big Red was cut short due to an injury that kept him out for all of the team’s games following the semester break in December. He still made an impact in the offensive end in limited time, leading the team in scoring with four goals and four assists for eight points when his season ended after 11 games.
Lowry played a huge role in the Big Red’s first victory, as he scored in regulation against Clarkson on Nov. 14, then made a deft pass to Eric Freschi on a shorthanded two-on-one in overtime to seal the victory. He also tallied the winning goal in a 4-0 whitewash of Brown on Nov. 22, then scored the winner yet again during the next game in the annual Madison Square Garden game; a 3-1 triumph over Penn State on Nov. 29.
Lowry joins classmates Cole Bardreau (Philadelphia Flyers) and Joakim Ryan (San Jose Sharks) among the most recent Cornell hockey players to sign NHL contracts.
Brian Ferlin was also a part of that recruiting class, making his NHL debut last season with the Boston Bruins to become the 28th former Big Red player to advance to the world’s premier hockey league.
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