Former Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray Dies at Age 74

Former Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray Dies at Age 74

Murray posted a 124-91-29 record in three seasons as the team's head coach and captured a Norris Division title in 1991-92.

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

Former Detroit Red Wings general manager and head coach Bryan Murray has passed away from cancer at the age of 74.

He later took over as coach of the Panthers in the 1997-1998 season before naming his brother the coach the next year.

He won the Jack Adams Award as the league's coach of the year in 1983-84 with the Capitals and the NHL Executive of the Year as general manager of the Panthers in 1996 after the team reached the Stanley Cup Final in just its third year of existence.

A graduate of McGill University with a degree in physical education, Murray returned to Shawville to work as a phys-ed teacher at the local high school where he also coached minor hockey. He began as a part-time coach with the Pembroke Lumber Kings before moving to the Western Hockey League and the Regina Pats, winning the Memorial Cup with them in 1980.

He missed the playoffs his first season in Washington, but took them there the next seven seasons, but never made it past the second round.

He was sacked during the 1989-1990 season and replaced by his brother, Terry Murray.

Murray stepped down as the team's GM previous year to battle the disease, becoming a senior hockey advisor for the Senators. He also served as general manager in Anaheim and Detroit and coached in Washington, Detroit, Anaheim and Ottawa. He moved on to Anaheim as their head coach in 2001 and added GM duties the following year.

Murray was named the Senators head coach in 2005 and spent three seasons in that role before becoming the team's GM.

Murray was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer three years ago.

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. He also coached the Senators to the Stanley Cup Final in 2007 and was inducted into the Sens' Ring of Honour in January. But in 1990, with the team struggling, Murray was sacked and replaced by his brother, Terry.

Murray is survived by his brother, Terry, who is a veteran National Hockey League coach, as well as his nephew, Tim, who was the Buffalo Sabres' general manager until his firing in April.

"He knew how to communicate with players", Nashville general manager David Poile told the CBC past year.

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