May 1, 2014, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Victoria Royals are proud to announce that General Manager Cameron Hope has been named the 2014 WHL Executive of the Year, while Head Coach Dave Lowry has been named the WHL Coach of the Year at the 2014 WHL Awards this afternoon.
After guiding the Royals to franchise records of 35 wins and 77 points in 2012-13, Hope and Lowry again led Victoria to a record-smashing year after the club went 48-20-1-3, earned 100 points and picked up the franchise’s first playoff series win in 2013-14.
Hope receives the Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy as the Executive of the Year. In Hope’s second season as the general manager of the Royals, the Edmonton, AB native acquired players such as Travis Brown and Axel Blomqvist via trade to help bolster the team en route to a successful 2013-14 season. Hope also hired Lowry prior to the 2012-13 season.
Hope is the second general manager in team history and fourth in the franchise’s history. From 2007 to 2011, Hope served as the assistant general manager of the NHL’s New York Rangers. Hope is a graduate of the University of Alberta, with degrees in Arts (Sociology) and Law.
Lowry also recently completed his second season with the Royals and is the recipient of the Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy. This season, Lowry guided Victoria to numerous franchise records including wins, points, fewest goals allowed (181) and road wins (26). Behind the bench of the Royals, Lowry helped Victoria finish the 2013-14 WHL Regular Season as the 10th ranked club in the BMO CHL Top 10 rankings.
Since joining Victoria, Lowry has posted an 82-50-3-7 regular season record as the Royals’ bench boss. Prior to joining Victoria, Lowry spent three seasons as an assistant coach of the NHL’s Calgary Flames and was also the head coach of the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen during the 2008-09 season when the Hitmen posted a 59-9-3-1 record en route to an Eastern Conference title. Prior to his coaching career, Lowry spent 19 seasons as a player in the NHL.
Hope was up for the 2014 Executive of the Year award alongside Eastern Conference nominee Mike Moore (Calgary), while Lowry competed against Shaun Clouston (Medicine Hat) for Coach of the Year honours.