The Winnipeg Jets have found their guy to fill the previously vacant captaincy role, naming Adam Lowry captain on Tuesday morning.
Lowry is a 30-year-old forward who is heading into his tenth season in Winnipeg and is set to become the third captain in franchise history since the team moved from Atlanta. He made his NHL debut with the Jets in 2014-15 and was selected by the team 67th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Over his time in the NHL, he’s played all 621 of his regular season games with Winnipeg, recording 93 goals with 204 points over his tenure with the team. The two-way forward has also been a valuable asset on the penalty kill and took on a leadership role last season when he was named an alternate captain.
In 2022-23, the veteran left-winger posted 13 goals with a career-best 36 points in 82 games played, contributing to his end with 46 blocked shots, 161 hits and 28 takeaways. The six-foot-five, 210-pound forward is able to use his size to his advantage, generating extra opportunities by generating takeaways.
He’s in the midst of a five-year contract extension worth $16,250,000 that he signed ahead of the 2021-22 regular season. Lowry’s contract has three seasons remaining and ends at the conclusion of the 2025-26 campaign. The pact also has a modified no-trade clause in place, locking him in with the Jets until he becomes an unrestricted free agent.
The captain role in Winnipeg has been vacant since September 16, 2022, when Blake Wheeler was stripped of the captaincy, after spending six seasons with the honour. Wheeler was bought out by the Jets this offseason and is now a member of the New York Rangers.
With the departure of Wheeler and Pierre-Luc Dubois, question marks have arisen about who would step up as the next captain of the Jets. We now have an answer to that question, as Adam Lowry has been named the team's third captain since their return to Winnipeg.