Former Sens coach and GM Murray dead at 74

Paola Ditto
Agosto 12, 2017

The former General Manager of the Ottawa Senators has passed away at the age of 74.

"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.

Murray is surived by his wife, Geri, and daughters Heide and Brittany.

Most recently, Murray served as a special adviser to Senators GM Pierre Dorion after stepping down as Ottawa GM in April 2016 to focus on his health and to spend time with his family. Murray was inducted into the Senators' Ring of Honour this past January.

Previously, Quebec had led the Washington Capitals 1981-1982 to 1989-1990, as well as the Detroit Red Wings during the decade of the 1990s.

In Murray's nine seasons as Ottawa's general manager, the Senators made the postseason on six occasions. As we mourn Bryan's passing, we celebrate his many contributions to the game - as well as his courage.

In 17 seasons as a head coach, Murray had a 620-465-131-23 record, won three division titles and guided the Senators to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2007, when they lost a five-game series to Anaheim. "While his warmth and dry sense of humour were always evident, they were accompanied by the fiery competitiveness and determination that were his trademarks. The National Hockey League family sends our deepest condolences, comfort and support to Bryan's family, his many friends and all whose lives he influenced".

After breaking into coaching - only on a part-time basis - with the Pembroke Lumber Kings of the Central Junior Hockey League, Murray was offered a head coaching role with the Western Hockey League's Regina Pats.

"We have high profiles", Murray said at a 2015 dinner held in his honor. The move did not work as Cornwall won the Memorial Cup the next day. It has also been at the helm of the Panthers in Florida and the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

Murray was a passionate advocate for cancer awareness. "I think we have an obligation to give any advice or any help that we can".

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