Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Bryan Murray, longtime hockey coach and GM, dies of colon cancer

Bryan Murray, longtime hockey coach and GM, dies of colon cancer

Murray worked in the National Hockey League in some capacity for 35 consecutive seasons, making far more friends than enemies along the way.

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.

The Capitals had not been to the playoffs in their first eight years of existence before making seven consecutive postseason trips under Murray.

"He is a top 10 coach, a top 10 GM and he could have been a top 10 talent evaluator if that's the role he had have wanted to take, except that he loved coaching so much", Tim Murray, who was sacked by the Sabres in April, said. Murray led the Senators to the 2007 Stanley Cup finals, where they lost in five games to the Anaheim Ducks.

During his final two seasons behind the bench, Murray became the first Red Wings coach since Tommy Ivan (1950-51, 1951-52) to produce back-to-back 40-win seasons. 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.

"The Washington Capitals organization was saddened to learn of the passing of Bryan Murray". He also coached the Red Wings, Panthers, Ducks and Senators, the latter of which he guided to the Stanley Cup finals in 2007. Murray made the playoffs in 12 of his 13 full seasons as head coach.

Trading barbs with referees was a particular habit of Murray's, though it had a goal.

Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher and assistant GM Brent Flahr, who worked with Murray in Florida, called him "a great friend and a mentor to many of us in this business".

The Senators confirmed Murray's death in a release Saturday.

The Senators' video shows that he still had time for his family, too.

RIP Bryan Murray, you will be missed.

It says a lot when such a wide variety of people share their thoughts on a person's life, and it's apparent that Murray made many great impressions during his decades of work in the sport. "From that standpoint, he was tremendous".

"While his warmth and dry sense of humor were always evident, they were accompanied by the fiery competitiveness and determination that were his trademarks", Bettman said.

There hasn't been a lot of newsworthy items in Sensland of late, and it is with a heavy heart that we learned of the passing of Bryan Murray at the age of 74. Murray has acted for some time as DG of the last three organizations.

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