Tragic End For Ross Lowe
January 21, 2013 in Bee Hives Group 2 Habs, Boston Bruins, Maurice Richard, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers Tags: Bee Hive hockey, Clarence Campbell, Cliff Thompson, Hal Laycoe, Lake Haliburton, Maurice Richard, Richard Riot, Ross Lowe
This is number two of the three Bee Hives I found on eBay recently, with only one left to go to complete the 73-player Group 2 set. The first of the trio, that I posted last week, was Doc Couture. And now today – Ross Lowe.
Ross Lowe was a defenceman who came over to the Habs from Boston in a 1951 trade which sent Hal Laycoe to Beantown. Laycoe would later become synonymous with the infamous Richard Riot in 1955 when he belted the Rocket over the head with his stick, which led to Richard punching linesman Cliff Thompson and getting the boot for the final three games of the season, plus all of the playoffs.
But that’s getting off the subject.
Lowe would play two playoff games with the Habs in the spring of ’51, and then 31 regular season games during the 1951-52 season when he would tally one goal and five assists.
After three years in the minors following his brief Montreal stint, Lowe would be offered a tryout with the New York Rangers, but it wasn’t to be. He drowned in Lake Haliburton, which is north-east of Orillia, in the summer of ’55 while vacationing with his family.