Ross Robert Lowe was born in Oshawa on September 21, 1928.
He learned to skate at an early age and played his first organized hockey in the Oshawa minor hockey system. Upon moving to Whitby, Ross played in the Whitby Minor Hockey system where he starred on the Whitby Juvenile All-Ontario Champions in 1944. The following year he moved to the Jr. A Oshawa Generals where he played until 1949.
In the fall of 1949, Ross signed a profession contact with the Boston Bruins and played his first professional game with a Boston affiliate, the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League. He was promoted to Boston later that season. Lowe played in Boston until the following winter when he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens and reported to their minor league team, the Buffalo Bisons. He joined the parent team, the Montreal Canadiens, later that year and played in Montreal for the next two seasons.
In the spring of 1954, Eddie Shore bought Ross’ contract from the Montreal Canadiens and moved Ross to Springfield, Massachusetts, to play for the Springfield Indians of the American Hockey League. Ross played one season here, and it was his best as he won the AHL Most Valuable Player Award, earned 1st All-Star Centre status and was second overall in scoring. In the summer of 1955, Ross was drafted by the New York Rangers of the NHL.