Red Wings Mourn Passing Of Former Head Coach, GM Bryan Murray

Gary Bettman releases statement on passing of Bryan Murray

Former Red Wings coach Bryan Murray dies of cancer at 74

He won the Jack Adams Award as the league's coach of the year in 1983-84 with the Capitals and the NHL Executive of the Year as general manager of the Panthers in 1996 after the team reached the Stanley Cup Final in just its third year of existence. "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".

"Bryan was one of the greatest men that the game of hockey has ever known and also a great father, mentor and teacher", Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said.

David Poile, the former Washington and current Nashville general manager, said Murray's teaching background made him a natural for coaching.

"That was", Murray said last season, "as much fun as any of us had in hockey".

Murray served as general manager in Anaheim, Florida, Detroit and Ottawa and coached in Washington, Detroit, Florida, Anaheim and Ottawa.

"Bryan Murray's strength and character were reflected in the teams he coached and the teams he built over decades of front-office excellence", NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "I really think that if there's such a thing as what you're born for, I think Bryan was born for coaching". Although the Senators had the superstar power of Daniel Alfredsson, Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza on their roster that year with all three finishing with more than 90 points, Murray's coaching abilities still played a huge factor on their spectacular season.

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Ironically, it was Getzlaf and Perry as promising second-year players that would help deny Murray a Cup in 2007 when the Ducks won in five games with the personable, competitive coach behind the Senators bench.

During his final two seasons behind the bench, Murray became the first Red Wings coach since Tommy Ivan (1950-51, 1951-52) to produce back-to-back 40-win seasons.

"He sort of tried to take the pressure off the team by doing stuff and yelling and screaming at the referees and having fun with them to alleviate some of the pressure that we had", Laughlin said. Prior to the 2016 season, he stepped down as Senators GM to take on an advisory role in the organization during his treatment.

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

Murray said he wanted his legacy to be cancer awareness. The Senators instead this time would end up beating the Buffalo Sabres in five games to secure their spot in the Cup Final. Coaching was his first love. When Murray was honored by his peers at the general managers meeting in Florida in 2015, Fletcher spoked about Murray's ability as a scout.

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