While most of the attention around the Sharks' open coaching job has focused on big-name interviewees Dan Bylsma, Adam Oates and Peter DeBoer, don't be surprised if one candidate with no NHL head coaching experience gets the gig.
That's according to the San Jose Mercury News, which reports that there's been a lot of proverbial smoke around former NHL player Dave Lowry, who coached Victoria of the WHL to the second round of the league's playoffs this season with a 39-29-3-1 record en route to WHL Coach of the Year honors. He also has been selected to serve as coach of Team Canada in this summer's World Junior Championships and previously spent three years as an assistant coach for the Flames from 2011-2014.
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The Mercury News' David Pollak says that while the smoke doesn't necessarily indicate that Lowry is the frontrunner, his name is worth keeping in mind, as Sharks GM Doug Wilson "is talking to a lot more people than the few names that do surface here and there."
In other words, it might be Lowry or it might be one of the other numerous candidates whose names may or may not have been made public; to this point, the Sharks have kept this impressively quiet. But Lowry is, according to Pollak, definitely among the names being bandied about for consideration.
Lowry played 1,084 career NHL games, including his three seasons with the Sharks from 1997-2000, before retiring in 2004 with 164 goals and 187 assists.