Former Capitals Coach Bryan Murray Dies at 74

Besides coaching the Capitals, Murray was behind the bench of the Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Anaheim Mighty Ducks and Ottawa Senators where he served as both head coach and general manager.

"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.

"As we mourn Bryan's passing, we celebrate his many contributions to the game - as well as his courage". Our condolences go out to his family and friends for their loss.

Tweeted original Florida winger and current broadcaster Bill Lindsay: "Deeply saddened with the passing of Bryan Murray". Murray worked that season and another as general manager of the Senators, who confirmed his death Saturday. He was inducted into the Senators Ring of Honor on January 24. "We extend our honest condolences to his wife, Geri, daughters, Heide and Brittany and the entire Murray family on their loss".

Murray announced that he was battling Stage 4 colon cancer in November 2014. He said Bryan Murray was as complete a hockey man as there is.

Murray was a 620-465-23 coaching record with 131 ties in 17 National Hockey League seasons. Coaching was his first love.

"He really saw basketball in terms of a lot of the plays that they used that could be integrated into hockey", Poile said. "I really think that if there's such a thing as what you're born for, I think Bryan was born for coaching".

It wasn't much, but it would have been very easy for him to politely decline, as he was working and I was essentially a nobody, but for him to take a few minutes and answer a couple of questions made my day. "He was behind the bench for the Bears in 1980-81 and quickly established himself as one of hockey's great coaches". He has that uncanny ability to go into a rink and just recognize hockey players right away. Everyone said what a kind a gracious man he was, and that he had an eye for talent.

"We watch London play Plymouth in the playoffs and (Bryan Murray) watches Corey Perry".

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.

He was hired as coach and general manager in 1990 after the Red Wings missed the playoffs and GM Jimmy Devellano was reassigned as senior vice president while Jacques Demers was sacked as head coach.

Murray took over as head coach and general manager for the Red Wings in 1990-91, serving as general manager for the first four seasons of the Red Wings' franchise-record 25-straight postseason berths. Bryan shaped the lives and careers of countless players.

Vanessa Coleman