Longtime NHL coach, GM Bryan Murray dead at 74

The Ottawa Senators lost a member of their community when former coach and general manager Bryan Murray lost his battle with colon cancer on Sunday at the age of 74.

Murray, a native of Shawville, Quebec, had record of 620-465-23 coaching record with 131 ties in 17 National Hockey League seasons, and won the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year with the Capitals in 1983-84, guiding them to a 48-27-5 record.

He stepped down as the Senators general manager almost 18 months after his Stage 4 colon cancer diagnosis.

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.

Along with coaching the Ducks (2001-02) and Ottawa (2005-08), Murray also helmed Washington (1981-89), Detroit (1990-93) and Florida (1997-98) as he compiled a 620-465-131-23 record in 1,239 games.

Ironically, it was Getzlaf and Perry as promising second-year players that would help deny Murray a Cup in 2007 when the Ducks won in five games with the personable, competitive coach behind the Senators bench.

"He really saw basketball in terms of a lot of the plays that they used that could be integrated into hockey", Poile said. In Murray's four years behind the Senators bench, he led the franchise to four consecutive playoff berths. As both head coach and general manager of the team (2001-2004), Bryan led our organization with class, dignity and charisma.

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. They had just one victory when he took over. Hall of Famer Larry Robinson said Murray's death made for a "sad day for hockey". "We offer our condolences to the Murray family, friends, staff, players and all those whom he touched throughout his storied career". "Thank you for everything Bryan". Murray had been battling with colon cancer for the past two and a half years. When his fellow GMs honored him at their annual March meeting in 2015, nephew Tim Murray and others said they went to get a colonoscopy after learning about Bryan's diagnosis. "I think he's probably saved lots of lives because of what he's done in the past couple of years". Coaching was his first love.

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

Vanessa Coleman

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