2008-09: Joel Lowry appeared in three games for the Okatoks Oilers in the Alberta Junior Hockey League and played midget hockey for the Calgary Buffaloes. Lowry was scoreless with no penalty minutes with the Oilers. In 32 games for the Buffaloes he scored 14 goals with 16 assists and 32 PMs. Lowry scored 5 goals with 6 assists in 15 playoff games as Calgary captured its second straight Alberta championship and advanced to the Telus Cup national championship of Canadian midget hockey. The Buffaloes finished second at the Telus Cup and in seven games Lowry scored 1 goal with 4 assists.
2009-10: Lowry skated in 57 of 60 games for the BCHL’s Victoria Grizzlies and scored 15 goals with 29 assists and 55 PMs. The Grizzlies finished third in the Coastal Division and in six BCHL playoff games Lowry scored 1 goal with 4 assists and 2 PMs.
2010-11: Lowry was the second leading scorer for Victoria in his second BCHL season despite appearing in just 42 games and missing nearly two months with a nagging ankle injury. Lowry scored 24 goals with 43 assists and had 35 PMs as the Grizzlies finished fourth in the Coastal Division. Lowry scored 5 goals with 12 assists and 6 PMs in 12 playoff games. Lowry committed to playing college hockey at Cornell in 2011-12. Ranked 95th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings, he was selected in the fifth round (140th overall) by the Los Angeles Kings.
2011-12: Lowry played on the top line for Cornell as a freshman; finishing fourth on the Big Red with 22 points. He scored 6 goals with 16 assists and was plus-three with 47 penalty minutes in 35 games. Cornell advanced to the semifinals of the ECAC Hockey tournament after finishing second in the regular season and earned an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament after defeating Colgate in the ECAC Hockey third place game. The Big Red defeated Michigan 3-2 in overtime in a Midwest Regional semifinal game before falling to Ferris State 2-1.
2012-13: Lowry skated in 33 games in his sophomore season and was the third-leading scorer for Cornell in what was a rare losing season for the Big Red. Skating on Cornell’s top line with senior Greg Miller and Bruins prospect Brian Ferlin, he scored 12 goals with 11 assists and was +8 with 55 penalty minutes. Cornell finished tied for ninth in ECAC Hockey but was 4-1-1 in its final six regular season games and pushed first place Quinnipiac to three games in the conference quarterfinals after sweeping Princeton in a preliminary series.
2013-14: Lowry skated in 32 games for Cornell in his junior season. Frequently teamed with junior center Cole Bardreau and Montreal prospect John McCarron on the Big Red’s first line, he scored 7 goals with 17 assists and was +5 with 39 penalty minutes. Cornell finished fourth in ECAC Hockey and defeated Clarkson in a three-game quarterfinal series before falling to eventual national champion Union, 5-2, in the ECAC Hockey semifinals.
Lowry is a player who does not do anything truly outstanding, but does almost everything average or above average. He is an aggressive, in your face style player who, plays his own zone and the offensive zone well. He has good defensive zone game in particular and has often been a penalty kill specialist for Cornell. While he has limited offensive upside, he has improved in his goal totals over his college career so far and could be in line for a bigger jump in the coming seasons.
Lowry was off to a fast start as a senior in 2014-15, leading Cornell and the ECAC Hockey league in scoring before suffering a back injury that required season-ending surgery in December 2014. He is expected to make a full recovery and is hoping to give pro hockey a try. He has yet to sign an entry-level contract with Los Angeles and would become an unrestricted free agent if not signed by August 2015. Long-term, his awareness and two-way play project him as a second or third line player who is capable of playing any number of different roles.