Former Senators Coach, GM Bryan Murray Dies of Cancer at 74


"Bryan Murray's strength and character were reflected in the teams he coached and the teams he built over decades of front office excellence". He remains the team's all-time leader for most regular-season games coached (672) and most regular-season game wins (343). It's worth mentioning that Murray's fourth season as Sens Head Coach was when he replaced John Paddock as the clubs coach in the 2007-08 National Hockey League season.

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.

After attending Macdonald College, a branch of McGill University, he began coaching in the junior ranks of professional hockey and won a minor-league coach-of-the-year award with the Hershey Bears. He would coach the Capitals for nine years before becoming a head coach of the Detroit Red Wings in 1990. He was also the coach that started the Wings' 25-season playoff streak, which ended last season.

He also served as GM for the Red Wings, Panthers, Mighty Ducks and Senators.

He later spent a season coaching the Anaheim Ducks before taking over the Ottawa Senators in 2005. In 2014, he announced he was undergoing treatment for Stage 4 colon cancer.

That tournament was a controversial one as going into the final game of the round-robin, Peterborough had clinched first place overall and with a win over the Quebec champs from Cornwall would play the Pats in the final which would be played at the Agridome. In 2004 Murray surprised many by resigning to take on the role of the Senators head coach.

The next season Murray led the Senators back into the playoffs, where they tore through the first three rounds in five games before losing in five in the Cup final to Anaheim, his former team.

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"Bryan, by education, is and was, a teacher", Poile said in 2015.

"That's just the kind of guy he was".

Smith said in many ways some of his fondest memories of Murray are from the time he stepped down as GM and took on an advisory role. It wasn't even always about hockey. "It was great having that time with him".

"Bryan Murray was a great teammate and very important to this franchise in its early days".

Murray died Saturday according to the Ottawa Senators, where he had most recently been working as a special assistant to general manager Pierre Dorion. "Hopefully this will help".

This past season, the Senators made Mr. Murray the first inductee into their Ring of Honour. "So if you can help, whether through a message you make or through your organization to help people, there's so many people affected, so many young people affected".