Former Senators Coach, GM Bryan Murray Dies of Cancer at 74

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Murray announced in 2014 that he had Stage 4 colon cancer that had spread to his liver and lungs.

During his final two seasons behind the bench, Murray became the first Red Wings coach since Tommy Ivan (1950-51, 1951-52) to produce back-to-back 40-win seasons.

"Bryan Murray's strength and character were reflected in the teams he coached and the teams he built over decades of front office excellence".

Over his 35 years of working in the NHL, Murray won the Jack Adams award as NHL coach of the year in 1984 with the Washington Capitals and executive of the year as general manager of the Florida Panthers in 1993. It has also been at the helm of the Panthers in Florida and the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

"As we mourn Bryan's passing, we celebrate his many contributions to the game - as well as his courage".

Later, he coached the to a Senators to a Stanley Cup final appearance in 2017.

Murray was general manager of the Detroit Red Wings (1990-94), Florida Panthers (1994-98), Anaheim Ducks (2002-04) and Ottawa Senators (2007-16), and coached the Washington Capitals (1981-90), Red Wings (1990-93), Panthers (1997-98), Ducks (2001-02) and Senators (2005-08).

The Red Wings organization would like to extend its deepest condolences to the Ottawa Senators organization and all of Murray's family and friends during this most hard time.

The Capitals had not been to the playoffs in their first eight years of existence before making seven consecutive postseason trips under Murray.

David Poile, the former Washington and current Nashville general manager, said Murray's teaching background made him a natural for coaching. "He was just an unbelievable guy where as a player you could sit down and have a beer with your coach and talk hockey, talk family, talk sports, talk anything and he was a guy that was there for you".


The Ottawa Senators confirmed Murray's death in a release on Saturday.

"That was", Murray said last season, "as much fun as any of us had in hockey".

Murray, a native of Shawville, Quebec, had record of 620-465-23 coaching record with 131 ties in 17 National Hockey League seasons, and won the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year with the Capitals in 1983-84, guiding them to a 48-27-5 record.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Murray family", Senators captain Erik Karlsson tweeted.

"He would come in and just sit down with guys", he said.

One of the most respected and well-liked figures in hockey, Murray most recently served as general manager of the Senators from 2007-2016 before stepping down, citing health and family concerns.

It was his way of staying in the game he loved, but also wanting to devote more time to his family.

"Bryan Murray was a great teammate and very important to this franchise in its early days", team founder Bill Torrey, who hired Murray, said in a statement. "Hopefully this will help".

Murray would spend the better part of nine seasons with the Capitals.

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