NHL Legend Bryan Murray Dies From Cancer At 74

Hope Soto
August 14, 2017

"Bryan Murray's strength and character were reflected in the teams he coached and the teams he built over decades of front office excellence", NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. Bryan's contributions to the game of hockey were outstanding, from his impact in Washington to his more recent service as a senior hockey advisor with the Ottawa Senators. Murray also became their coach in 1997, then hired his brother Terry to replace him the following season while remaining as general manager.

After stepping down from his general manager position in 2016, he served alongside GM Pierre Dorion as a special adviser. He was inducted into the Senators Ring of Honour on January 24.

Our thoughts are with the Murray family and National Hockey League community. He announced that he had stage 4 colon cancer in 2014.

"That was", Murray said last season, "as much fun as any of us had in hockey".

"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.

Laughlin said Murray was one of the first player-friendly coaches at a time when others were "flexing their muscles" as strict tacticians. "He knows the X's and O's of the game of hockey really well and I don't think there's anyone who will dispute that". Despite being swept by the Colorado Avalanche, he was later selected as NHL Executive of the Year.

Not only was it a sad day for the Panthers, but for the rest of hockey as well. Everyone said what a kind a gracious man he was, and that he had an eye for talent.

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". "When I left [Detroit], I felt very good about that". "He really loved just the daily interaction with the players, being on the ice, being behind the bench, setting the strategy for the game and how the team would play". We were playing Detroit that year in the first round and we took a side trip to Plymouth to go watch Corey Perry play.

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"Don't know why you're calling me", he'd say drily over the phone.

Murray was general of the Ducks when they reached the Stanley Cup Finals in 2003 and the franchise remembered him on Saturday.

Former Capitals coach and Senators general manager Bryan Murray died Saturday at the age of 74.

In that flawless shinny world, of course, a quality man like Murray would also have, at some point along the road, received a Stanley Cup ring for being part of a championship team.

David Poile, now Nashville's GM, inherited Murray as coach when he was GM of the Capitals and said he learned more from him than he taught.

"Bryan was one of the men, the most brilliant hockey has ever known". Bryan shaped the lives and careers of countless players. Murray would spend nine seasons in Washington, coaching the Caps seven playoff appearances.

The Capitals had led a miserable NHL existence over their first years in the league before they promoted Murray from Hershey of the American Hockey League early in the 1981-82 season. Bryan devoted an incredible life to the sport, and his presence will be deeply missed.

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

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