Former Senators GM Bryan Murray dies at 74

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The Ottawa Senators lost 74-year-old and former general manager Bryan Murray, who passed away on Saturday morning.

The former GM announced in November 2014 that he was battling Stage 4 colon cancer and battle that could not be won. The cancer was found seven to 10 years before he was diagnosed.

“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 the statement, per the Senators website. “We extend our sincere condolences to his wife, Geri, daughters, Heide and Brittany and the entire Murray family on their loss.”

Murray was a coach for 18 years as he racked up a 620-465-154 record across a bevy of organizations. He oversaw the bench for such clubs as the Capitals, Red Wings, Panthers and Ducks prior to taking the Ottawa post.

He led the Senators to a 52-21-9 record in his first season (2005-06) and took the team to the Conference Finals. The following season, he piloted Ottawa to a 48-25-9 clip en route to the Stanley Cup Finals, where the Sens lost to the Ducks in five games.

Following the run to the Cup, Murray took over in the front office as general manager following the firing of John Muckler. Murray made a brief return to the bench late in the season, the club ultimately getting swept in the first round of the postseason.

He was inducted into the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.

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