The Ottawa Senators lost a member of their community when former coach and general manager Bryan Murray lost his battle with colon cancer on Sunday at the age of 74.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was quick to release a statement in the aftermath of the passing.
“Bryan Murray’s strength and character were reflected in the teams he coached and the teams he built over decades of front office excellence. While his warmth and dry sense of humor were always evident, they were accompanied by the fiery competitiveness and determination that were his trademarks. As we mourn Bryan’s passing, we celebrate his many contributions to the game — as well as his courage. The National Hockey League family sends our deepest condolences, comfort and support to Bryan’s family, his many friends and all whose lives he influenced.”
Murray coached for 18 seasons, spending time with the Capitals, Red Wings, Panthers and Ducks. He took over as Ottawa’s coach during the 2005-06 season and responded by leading the team to the Conference Final. A year later, he and the Senators clinched a berth to the Stanley Cup Final before losing in five games to the Ducks.
Murray announced that he was battling Stage 4 colon cancer in November 2014.
After stepping down from his general manager position in 2016, he served alongside GM Pierre Dorion as a special adviser.
On January 24, Murray was inducted into the Senators Ring of Honour; he’s also a member of the organization’s Hall of Fame.