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

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

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.

Murray coached 1,239 regular-season and 112 playoff games over parts of 18 seasons.

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.

On January 24, Murray was inducted into the Senators Ring of Honour; he's also a member of the organization's Hall of Fame. "We extend our honest condolences to his wife, Geri, daughters, Heide and Brittany and the entire Murray family on their loss".

Murray served in the dual role of coach and GM for three seasons in Detroit before spending one more year as GM after Bowman became coach.

"I will always be appreciative of the opportunity Bryan gave me", said Cory Clouston, who got his first National Hockey League coaching job from Murray with the Senators.

"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. "He was always so good to me and when it came time to move me he could have traded me anywhere, but he wanted (wife and country music star Carrie underwood) and I to be together and he was able to make a deal with (Predators GM David Poile) to get me to Nashville". There are a lot of really good GMs. "I really think that if there's such a thing as what you're born for, I think Bryan was born for coaching". "He was behind the bench for the Bears in 1980-81 and quickly established himself as one of hockey's great coaches". 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.

"To this day, he is the best hockey scout I have ever seen. A tremendous judge of talent", Fletcher said. He worked in the league in some capacity for 35 consecutive seasons.

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"We had a debate amongst our scouts about a guy named Corey Perry". "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".

Later, he coached the to a Senators to a Stanley Cup final appearance in 2017.

With all of Murray's hard work and success he brought to the Senators organization as coach and general manager, the city of Ottawa, Sens fans and management will never forget Bryan's achievements.

In three seasons with the Ducks from 2001-04, Murray presided over a team that reached the 2003 Stanley Cup Final before losing to New Jersey in seven games.

Bryan Murray, an NHL coaching giant known for his rapier wit, acute hockey sense and, ultimately, courage in his fight against cancer, has died. "He will be forever remembered by all he touched". Bryan shaped the lives and careers of countless players.

Murray posted a 25-28-13 record in 66 games in his first year behind the Capitals bench. He won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's top coach in 1983-84 after leading Washington to the first of three straight 100-point seasons. Bryan devoted an incredible life to the sport, and his presence will be deeply missed.

"The Anaheim Ducks family mourns the loss of Bryan Murray, who passed away this morning", the Ducks said in a statement.

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