Former Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray Dies at Age 74

Former Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray Dies at Age 74

Former Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray Dies at Age 74

The next year, he led the Capitals to their first playoff appearance.

He was sacked during the 1989-1990 season and replaced by his brother, Terry Murray. During his three seasons behind the bench, Murray led the Red Wings to first, second and third place in the Norris Division and won 124 regular season games.

He also previously had head coaching stints with the Washington Capitals, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers and Anaheim Ducks.

David Poile, the former Washington and current Nashville general manager, said Murray's teaching background made him a natural for coaching.

After being diagnosed with cancer in the summer of 2014, and in typical Bryan Murray fashion, he unselfishly confirmed his own medical situation with the public along with the powerful message of "get checked", hoping to help others with the early detection of colon cancer - a message that has undoubtedly saved countless others from the same diagnosis. Although the Senators had the superstar power of Daniel Alfredsson, Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza on their roster that year with all three finishing with more than 90 points, Murray's coaching abilities still played a huge factor on their spectacular season.

"Bryan Murray's strength and character were reflected in the teams he coached and the teams he built over decades of front office excellence". He coached five years in the Central Junior Hockey League with Pembroke and Rockland before becoming head coach of the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League. He was beloved in the hockey community will be missed. Let our thoughts be with his family today through this rough time. He moved on to Anaheim as their head coach in 2001 and added GM duties the following year. In 2004 Murray surprised many by resigning to take on the role of the Senators head coach.

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Murray took over as head coach and general manager for the Red Wings in 1990-91, serving as general manager for the first four seasons of the Red Wings' franchise-record 25-straight postseason berths.

Murray was extremely well liked and respected by players within the Senators organization.

"That's just the kind of guy he was. He wanted what was best for you as a person".

Most recently, Murray served as a special adviser to Senators general manager Pierre Dorion after stepping down as Ottawa GM in April 2016 to focus on his health and to spend time with his family.

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

In January, he became the first member of the Senators Ring of Honor.

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