The former general manager and head coach of the national hockey League Bryan Murray died at the age of 74 years, on Saturday.
"Bryan was one of the greatest men that the game of hockey has ever known and also a great father, mentor and teacher", Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said. "We extend our honest condolences to his wife, Geri, daughters, Heide and Brittany and the entire Murray family on their loss". Murray spent 35 years involved in the highest level of the sport, including the 2016-17 season in an executive role with the Senators.
The Red Wings released a statement saying the organization was "saddened" by Murray's death while offering condolences to his family and friends.
In November of 2014, Murray revealed he had Stage 4 colon cancer, and that the disease had spread to his lungs and liver.
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"Bryan Murray's strength and character were reflected in the teams he coached and the teams he built over decades of front office excellence". In 2007, Murray was named general manager of the Senators after spending the first year as head coach. While his warmth and dry sense of humor were always evident, they were accompanied by the fiery competitiveness and determination that were his trademarks.
Murray coached the Senators to the Stanley Cup Final in 2007; they lost to the Ducks in five games. As we mourn Bryan's passing, we celebrate his many contributions to the game - as well as his courage.
"A hockey lifer" seems to be a decent way to summarize Murray's prolific career in the NHL, though it's clear that his kindness also made an impact on many in the hockey world.
Murray began coaching with the Washington Capitals in the 1981-82 season, and was with the team until being fired midway through the 1989-90 campaign and replaced by his bother Terry. His contribution has allowed him to become the first member of the history of the Circle of honor of the Senators at the end of the a year ago.