Former Red Wings coach Bryan Murray dies of cancer at 74

Bryan Murray, former Washington Capitals coach, dies at 74

Bryan Murray, former Washington Capitals coach, dies at 74

The former General Manager of the Ottawa Senators has passed away at the age of 74.

"Bryan was one of the greatest men that the game of hockey has ever known, and also a great father, mentor and teacher", said Senators owner Eugene Melnyk in a statement issued by the team. "We extend our honest condolences to his wife, Geri, daughters, Heide and Brittany and the entire Murray family on their loss".

Murray's coaching career in the National Hockey League spans over 17 years, during which he coached the Washington Capitals, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, then-Mighty Ducks and the Senators - where he would end his career at the end of the 2007-08 season.

The Red Wings released a statement saying the organization was "saddened" by Murray's death while offering condolences to his family and friends.

The Shawville native was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in 2014.

"Bryan Murray's strength and character were reflected in the teams he coached and the teams he built over decades of front office excellence".

After stints as coach, general manager or both in Detroit, Florida and Anaheim, Murray took over behind the bench in Ottawa for the 2005-06 season. As we mourn Bryan's passing, we celebrate his many contributions to the game - as well as his courage.

As coach, Murray took the Ottawa Senators to the Stanley Cup Final in 2007.

Murray stepped down as the team's GM previous year to battle the disease, becoming a senior hockey advisor for the Senators.

He later joined the AHL's Hershey Bears as an assistant before becoming the head coach of the Washington Capitals head coach in 1981.

After breaking into coaching - only on a part-time basis - with the Pembroke Lumber Kings of the Central Junior Hockey League, Murray was offered a head coaching role with the Western Hockey League's Regina Pats.

He spent the rest of his life as an advocate for cancer awareness. "I think we have an obligation to give any advice or any help that we can".

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