Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Former Ducks coach, GM Bryan Murray succumbs to colon cancer

Former Ducks coach, GM Bryan Murray succumbs to colon cancer

Former Capitals coach and Senators general manager Bryan Murray died Saturday at the age of 74. He spent more than 30 years in the National Hockey League with the Capitals, Red Wings, Panthers, Ducks and Senators.

After leaving the Panthers, Murray served as GM of Anaheim (2001-04) and Ottawa (2007-16).

"Bryan Murray's strength and character were reflected in the teams he coached and the teams he built over decades of front office excellence", Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. "While his warmth and dry sense of humour were always evident, they were accompanied by the fiery competitiveness and determination that were his trademarks".

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

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.

But with playoff appearances came the playoff disappointments that now are standard in Washington and, after the Capitals won just 18 of their first 46 games in the 1989-90 season, they fired Murray and replaced him with his brother, Terry, causing some consternation in a family that included 10 brothers and sisters.

Murray was the second general manager in team history, taking over for Bobby Clarke after the inaugural season ended in 1994 and oversaw a Florida team which shocked the sports world by making it to the Finals in just its third year of existence. He also coached the Senators to the Stanley Cup Final in 2007 and was inducted into the Sens' Ring of Honour in January.

Bryan Murray is survived by his wife, Geri, and their daughters, Heide and Brittany. Prior to the 2016 season, he stepped down as Senators GM to take on an advisory role in the organization during his treatment. He later joined the AHL's Hershey Bears as an assistant before becoming the head coach of the Washington Capitals head coach in 1981.

"That was", Murray said last season, "as much fun as any of us had in hockey". When Murray was honored by his peers at the general managers meeting in Florida in 2015, Fletcher spoked about Murray's ability as a scout. Bryan shaped the lives and careers of countless players. In seven full seasons with Washington, Bryan led the team to the playoffs each year, and won the Jack Adams Award in 1984. "He will be forever remembered by all he touched". In Murray's four years behind the Senators bench, he led the franchise to four consecutive playoff berths.

The Red Wings released a statement saying the organization was "saddened" by Murray's death while offering condolences to his family and friends.

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